I was an environmentalist long before I became a mosaicist. In fact, I remember driving my dad crazy as a kid by turning off the running water while he was brushing his teeth. Even then I hated waste, being what an acquaintance calls a "naturally thrifty person."
So, when I started making mosaics, it made great sense to me to be putting materials that had been previously used and discarded to a second use. When it makes sense, I also try to work in some of my thoughts and feelings about the environment, while keeping in mind that people rarely like to be hit over the head with other people's opinions. It's a tough balance to keep, and my sense of balance is not sharp to begin with . . . but I try!
Climate change in particular terrifies me, and has since it first really began to be evident to me, in the 1990s, that we were globally digging ourselves--rapidly and relatively obliviously--into a watery grave. I’ve embarked on a series of mosaics expressing some aspects of climate change—now elevated to a genuine crisis..
At the same time, still obsessed with wastefulness and consumption, I collect and reuse all the plastic trash I can. The pieces I feature here include only plastic that I have personally used (e.g., bottlecaps, printer cartridge sealers) or that I collected while walking around the area where I live (specifically the “nips” bottles—fear not, I didn’t consume the contents of all those!).
I’m a pretty concrete thinker, and abstraction is mostly an abstraction to me. The art in this section of my website tends to be fairly representational, but I try to have enough fun with it that you will be able to connect with something in it, while still realizing that there IS a point.
Red Jellyfish: Beautiful and invasive, because they thrive in warm waters where other marine life dies.