We live in a world that throws a lot away. My art takes things people discard – pill bottles, tin cans, parts of consumer electronics, old building materials – and makes whimsy out of them.
I am sixty-eight and didn’t discover my artistic vision until just a few years ago. For most of my adult life, I have been a financial manager with small organizations.
At age 60 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and started taking a lot of medication in pill form. For reasons I still don’t understand, I decided to save all the empty pill containers. A few years into this pack rat process I began creating figures from my growing inventory of pill bottles. Within months of creating my first sculpture, I ran out of inventory. I began rummaging through household closets for odd bits of metal, left over parts from home repairs and similar items that could be bolted together to create more figures. Recently I started working with adhesives to expand the possibilities for attaching used materials together.
Through donations from family and friends, and by haunting recycling facilities I now have a steady supply of inventory for both pill bottle and metal sculptures.
My work has been exhibited at shows in Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition), Warwick, MA and Turners Falls, MA. In the summer of 2015, my work was exhibited at NIH Headquarters in Bethesda MD.
I live in Brooklyn, NY.