going to Rome!

On Friday I leave for Rome to visit my friend tracey who is teaching at the TempleUniversity campus there! When I get back I have 2 days of Open Studios at the Mill, 123 Leverington in Manayunk, Sat and sun nov 5 and 6 from noon to 5. So here are some new pieces I made for the show! Love, me

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why i am a muchacha diva

Since I left my job as a bank SVP in 2002, I have been creating art nonstop! Inspired at first by boxes of old family photos and documents, I began making collages, assemblages and altered books with these very personal materials. I soon found myself collecting old dolls, doll heads, doll limbs, tiny ceramic figures, and vintage children’s play furniture, buttons, jewelry, fabric, all of which frequently end up in my work.

To me and to many “divers,” art materials are everywhere, and sometimes just finding a particular item can inspire a whole variety of projects! I look at bottlecaps on the street and see a figure’s little hat; my old paintbrushes look like “legs, or a broken belt buckle could be a “mouth” And sometimes an old book could become a theater or its pages can become a skirt.

Another inspiration for me has been the colors and folk art of Mexico and Guatemala, where I make an annual “pilgrimage” with a group that calls itself “the muchachas.” We visit woodcarvers, weavers, ceramic sculptors, mask makers and other artisans in their homes and studios, and my collections have expanded to include ethnic textiles, little books in Spanish, rusted cans and other Latin American detritus!

For a number of years I have been a member of Philadelphia’s Dumpster Divers, a group of artists which focuses on re-using cast -off pieces of the world around us to make found object art. To me and to many “divers,” art materials are everywhere, and sometimes just finding a particular item inspires a variety of projects. I look at a bottlecap on the street and see a doll’s little hat; my old paintbrushes look like legs. Cigar boxes and old drawers are really “houses” for creating a story within.

My work brings together many elements of my life as an artist: figures are made from reused materials such as plastic bags, recycled paper, old doll clothes, toys and found objects; my colorful palette, the use of masks and the paper maiche process are inspired by the exuberance of Mexico and its crafts people. My assemblages are frequently family records and memory pieces which incorporate the wall paper pattern of my childhood home, postcards from the beach town where we spent the summer, my father’s passport and ration books from World War II.

Currently I have a long-term goal of creating 1000 figures, which I call “DIVAS. ” I’ve made about 500 so far; 300 were recently exhibited at the Phila. International Airport!You can see more of my work at www.inliquid.com and in the recently  book, FOUND OBJECT ART 2, by Schiffer Press.

So–I’m sure you get it by now–I’m  a “MUCHACHA” who couldn’t live without my rich and colorful life in Mexico, and I’m a Dumpster DIVA in my studio, busily creating figures from “stuff!”  And here are some now!

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