My work focuses on issues of ageism through combining portraits of older citizens with images of found objects, or tools of skilled labor. These images are all part of "The 60 Years Project," for which I recently received a grant from Puffin Foundation LTD.
Ageism is a byproduct of a hyper-consumerist mind set: the disposability of mass produced goods, the replacement of “old” with “new” without regard to quality or continued usefulness feeds into this attitude. In these images, mass produced discards find new life as impossible robes and royal collars made from pump valves and vacuum tubes, pull tab rings reappear as chain mail, soda bottles form crowns and halos that adorn images of elder members of my community.
The work is hand colored screen print collages, some also include relief.
Florida State University
Master of Fine Arts, 2010
Old Dominion University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1982