Although I grew up in a small Southern town, it was always a city where I felt most
alive, inspired by the haphazard visual fabric. Mangled handbills and posters form
accidental collages. Marker “tags”, spray paint stencils and graffiti give a voice
to those lacking one. Tattered logos, text and color collide to create an urban
panorama. Sometimes fragments of people are seen – eyes, mouths, that hint at the
transitory nature of life and the impermanence of the world in which we live.
Currently living and working in Chicago’s warehouse district, I title my body of
work, Urban Origins Art. It is an exploration of the beauty, richness and stories
present in urban decay. I scavenge the city’s diverse neighborhoods looking for
raw materials for my work. The text from wheat paste posters, handbill images and
tags are reworked and combined with acrylic, image transfers, spray paint and graphite.
My encaustic work enables me to encapsulate the found objects I gather. Because
encaustic is wax and pigment that is fused with a heat source that hardens quickly,
it provides an interesting juxtaposition to the very impermanence of the street scene.