The cut-outs/collages evolved out of the Troubled Waters paintings. I wanted to get rid of the rectangular edge of paper/canvas/frame, and allow the shapes, colors and textures to stand on their own.
Troubled Waters - cutouts/collages
acrylic, plastic cloth, plastic mesh, gasket, paper on cut composition board34" x 21" x 4"
These first three collages are in the "Artists Choose Artists" exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, November 10, 2019 - February 23, 2020. My work was chosen by Lucien Smith.
acrylic on plastic mesh and cut composition board
19" x 18"
acrylic on cut paper and plastic, plastic mesh
approximately 23" x 27" x 5"
Troubled Waters cut-out #8
acrylic and tempera on cut paper
24" x 22.5"
Troubled Waters cut-out #11
acrylic on paper
23" x 26"
acrylic on cut paper25" x 28"
A fisherman told me that some fish are attracted to the debris that is in the water. The neon green fish in Toxic Charge has been affected by toxic chemicals and suggests mutations that are the possible effects of pollution.
tempera on cut and torn paper
25.25" x 26.25"
acrylic on cut paper19.5" x 28"
Red Tide refers to the algae blooms that appear in nearby waters. The blooms give off a toxin known as Alexandrium that is potentially lethal to humans.
Troubled Waters cut-out #132013
acrylic on cut paperapproximately 32" x 30"
Other Worlds III suggests that the marine environment will adapt somehow to this influx of chemical and toxic substances. Perhaps water will become different from what we know, as a result of our interference with its natural state.
acrylic on cut paper25" x 34"
Invisible Hazards is a vision of a swirling chaos between fish and man-made, unnatural substances.
plastic mesh, twine, straw, wood dowels, paper, rhinestones
28" x 16" x 6"
acrylic on cut paper and gasket28.5" x 30"
Intrusion suggests the negative impact of chemicals seeping through the soil into the groundwaters, into streams and bays and the effects on the marine environment.
acrylic on cut paperboard, plastic mesh, plastic cloth
23" x 17" x 7"
acrylic on cut paper and mat board, plastic cloth
approximately 20" x 11" x 2"
acrylic on cut paperboard and plastic strapping, plastic mesh
23" x 17" x 7"
acrylic and tempera on cut paper29" x 25.5"
Atrazine II refers to the pesticide made by Dupont. It is used frequently in lawn care. It's a harmful endocrine disruptor that causes reproductive defects in frogs and fish and is commonly found in US waterways. The molecular structure of Atrazine is drawn on the surface of the painting with a thin, white Sharpie marker.
Troubled Waters cut-out #5
acrylic, tempera, plastic mesh on cut paper
25" x 17.5"
tempera, plastic mesh on cut paper24.75" x 23.5"
Circulation refers to the movement of fish swimming near and around man-made junk such as plastic mesh and metal debris that is discarded in the water.
Troubled Waters cut-out #2
tempera on cut paper
28.25" x 21"
acrylic on cut plastic sheeting, plastic container
25" x 8" x 3"
acrylic on cut plastic sheeting, plastic container and paper
51" x 21" x 3"