I currently live in Enfield with my husband, Alex, and our Havanese, Bilbo, after having lived in several other places in the world, the country and the Upper Valley. I had never considered myself creative, and certainly not an artist, until I saw an exhibit of collages by local artist, Brenda Phillips. This, I thought, is a medium in which I could be creative without knowing how to draw or paint. I am mostly self-taught, although I have taken a number of classes and workshops (some at AVA!) over the years. I have also taught collage at Dartmouth Hitchcock’s Women’s Health Resource Center and Aging Resource Center.
I was inspired to try collage-making after seeing an exhibit of collages by local artist, Brenda Phillips. Having never had any art instruction, I thought this was a way I could create art without knowing how to draw or paint. I attended a few workshops and classes and I was on my way. For me, collage-making is a very subliminal process, where I begin with an open mind and just peruse magazines, catalogs, and calendars, cutting out whatever images catch my eye. I then move them around as if putting together a jigsaw puzzle, until they start to “talk” to me. At some point, it becomes clear to me what other details I need to complete a story or make a point. The titles are important, as they can add commentary and/or humor that hopefully help the viewer get the point I am trying to make. The recycling aspect of it is also very important to me, as I am fascinated by the notion of making art from what others may see as trash.