Musings on the Mundane
Influenced by the Modernist movement, I explore the formal qualities of abstraction and sculpt everyday materials, scan the fragments layering and forming something new.
Musings on the Mundane is a personal exploration of man-made, household materials used daily yet go unnoticed. We recognize them for their utilitarian purpose; we are unsettled if inventory wanes. They tend to blend within their environment. My impersonal response to and manipulation of each creates a visual rhythm of alternative shapes and forms freeing them from their utilitarian value.
Familiar and mundane things such as plastic bags, paper, an artist journal, toilet paper and newspaper become new and ambiguous. I experiment with textures, form and line removing visual references and triggering a transition from function to form. They are now recognized as something unrecognizable, a sort of collision between the representational and the abstract.
The work is solely a personal self-gratification of the tactile experience of working with the materials: folding, crushing, squeezing, ripping while immortalizing its elegance. After the process I have asouvenir of a moment, however fleeting.