Between Think & Thing
I started religiously using a sketchbook at around age 16, alongside a standard-issue teenage girl diary. I destroyed most of the oldest sketchbooks in my early twenties, too embarrassed by silly ideas and naïve projects. Now I tell my students to keep everything, however painful it is. Maybe less than 5% of the ideas jotted into my sketchbooks make it into finished artwork form. How do you know where you're going if you don't know where you've come from?
Everything starts with drawing. I love that drawing is everywhere and ordinary. I draw from observation and reference. Walking, photographing, remembering, collecting, researching. I love leafing through old books and paper ephemera to find bits and pieces of imagery to capture and translate into my own made-up world. Collage is part of my drawing process. Comparing, contrasting, confusing. Collage creates curious relationships between the most mundane things.