Found Object Assemblage

I've been collecting interesting objects, usually old ones, since I was a little girl tagging along with my grandmother to flea markets and yard sales. Sometimes I pick things up because they have a shape or texture that catches me, but most often it's because they make me wonder about the people who used them long ago. My assemblages are a way to explore those lives and stories. 

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Assemblage is three-dimensional collage. The way objects are chosen and positioned in relation to one another tells a story or conveys an idea. These layered images evoke different things to different people, so the meanings I see as I construct them are often not what others find in them. I like that.

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In my assemblage work I use various combinations of vintage fabrics and papers, found objects, natural objects, and cut paper constructions. I often embed handwritten text in my work to add another layer to the juxtaposed images. The boards, boxes, and frames that contain the works are, in most cases, part of the collage. 

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Artists who inspire me: Isaac Cordal; Eiko Ojala; Joseph Cornell; Shaun Tan