Recreating the new from the existing. The collages are visions from my dreams. The first dream I had was a snake and a turtle fighting each other. They were swimming in the blackness that was powerless to engulf them. It was a recurring dream throughout my early childhood and I still dream every night.
Many of us who struggle day to day with a mental disorder have to find ways to stay grounded and keep a peaceful mind. This project is the physical outcome of my practice of crocheting to ground myself. The physical outcome of textile strands using all different materials is shown to #startaconversation. To date, when I’ve shown this work, I’ve had the most wonderful conversations with amazing people who want to share their stories or be curious about how it feels and how I cope. People will talk about the taboo when given a chance.
This was shown at a Conception show in New York City.
I have stacks of journals and books, always a new idea to roll around in my mind. I move impatiently from one idea to another, each robust with meaning, but limited with time.
Using collage to create postcards, I communicate with other artists; sometimes the visuals reveal something about their story and sometimes I pull back the curtain for a peak at mine. The visuals are highly interpretive and the message intended solely for the recipient. I use visuals only, without words beyond the address and a note to those carrying the mail from my post office to their door. “This art is intended to reach it’s recipient, but please enjoy it while in your care. If you do find that you are drawn to it and it is too difficult to let it go, then keep it.”
Artists that inspired me when I first started honing my idea of visual communication via mail; a piece of art that would be touched and viewed by many outside the traditional space of gallery or museum were Lenore Tawney and John Berger.