Where my work started

These two pieces bookend the early work I did with cut paper and mixed vintage materials. I developed this layering technique shortly after I moved from NY to CA in 2010. I became fascinated with the process and the graphic clarity it afforded. Everything in this style of work was cut and glued by hand, a meditation with x-acto knives I practiced diligently for several years.  

Hundred Dollar Suit - 2010

Hundred Dollar Suit - 2010

Siren - 2011

Siren - 2011

Things I call Materializations

After about a year of similar work I started making larger scale abstract works. I envision these as the magnification of the same surreal texture that animates the characters above. I would sketch a thin design on the first layer, and glue on the second sheet of paper once the first was cut. Each iteration of cutting and layering changes the look and feel of the piece, so that it slowly emerges over the course of weeks. 

This stop motion compresses about 16 hours of cutting and gluing paper.