My photographs examine vintage boxes in various states of decay and disintegration, stripped of their identity by flattening them and folding their sides. Enlarging to 44x55 inches further confuses the viewer, the grand scale revealing all their imperfections and faded color. How similar they are to the panoply of art historical styles of 20th century masters. These over scale-sized trompe l’oeil images skim the wall like ancient paper constructions that bear witness to the ravages of use and storage; sliding, opening and closing, crushing and mashing. Water damaged, faded by sunlight, forgotten and found, discarded or purchased, and ultimately flattened and squashed to make these images. Silhouetted, selected and isolated on sheets of rag paper they hang as testimonies to a subservient industry, one now diminished as production moves to global markets only to return to us shrink-wrapped and encapsulated in plastic.
I am an artist, photographer, writer and Adjunct Professor at Quinnipiac University where I have taught courses about visual culture in departments including Women’s Studies, Interactive Digital Design, Fine Art and the University Writing Seminars for the past 15 years. I have a BA and MFA in Art from Rutgers University and my work is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA. I have exhibited internationally and have received Grants and prizes from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Architecture League of New York, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Art. I am also the co- author of Virtual Vintage (Random House 2002)