My collages are about different situations and worlds that I create using vintage imagery from early to mid-20th century magazines and other paper materials. Rather than having an idea I want to evoke beforehand, I tend to let the materials I am attracted to guide my work. This allows for more freedom in making different scenarios. Through using these materials I find commonalities in the objects and images I cut out. Due to the era of the materials I work a lot of with advertisements and consumerism. For example one of my earlier collages consists of a Dickies centerfold man with cigarettes coming out of his torso while he is standing in front of a background made of whiskey glasses all cut out of Playboy magazine
A lot of my time in the studio is spent looking through magazines and other paper materials such as old newspapers, books, scrap books, and paper ephemera from my family’s past. Although I primarily work with Life Magazines from the 1940s-1950s, I also try to find paper material that is connected to me personally. It was when my father passed away that I realized how much certain material things meant to me. I inherited a lot of old magazines, certificates and books that he had owned and acquired for years. It was then that these types of materials started entering my work more and more. I’m interested in working with the history that the material holds and how I can interact with it.