What I really hope to achieve with these collages is to evoke a sense of place, and to slow the viewer down by giving them an array of information. Offering the viewer a roadmap of an America that seems both imagined and real: a blending of artifact and artificial, past and present.
“Collage making may be the inevitable expression of the democratic experience, of the constantly decomposing and recomposing…” as stated by Jed Perl in New Art City. It is taking something with a history and making into something new. It is reflective of the society that we live in, as the essayist Ralph Ellison well describes the United States as a “collage of a nation”.
Their memory's like a train: you can see it getting smaller as it pulls away and the things you can't remember tell the things you can't forget that history puts a saint in every dream.