Initially, my collages takes form by by setting an intention based upon my daily meditation practice and each collage evolves spontaneously without plans for a final product. As I apply additional layers on a collage, my choices become more thoughtful, yet each collage reflects a process of chance: a visual improvisation somewhere between nigh-time dreams and waking thoughts that mirror feelings about my place in the world.
My intuitive process of cutting, tearing, piecing and re-assembling used paper, fabrics, and other materials echoes the process of birth and renewal amidst death and chaos present in life on earth as well as the larger universe. Recently, I have begun selectively drawing over collages with paint markers connection patterns and images I seen in each collage. I am beginning to laminate, stitch, and embellish collage surfaces with materials that range from traditional materials, like beads, buttons or shells, to including non-traditional materials, like office, school and building supplies.
When a piece seems finished, I sense the same feeling of energized stillness and inner quiet I experience after meditation. In fact, I feel each piece is an active meditation of resiliency, which reflects the circle of life and life's ongoing spiral of constant endings and ongoing renewal.