I create objet trouve (found object) assemblages by re-using discarded items. I find cast-offs along railroad tracks, at construction dumps, flea markets, thrift shops; where ever they lay. I carefully select that which offers potential for a new existence. I believe all matter, inanimate as well animate, is destined to lead many lives and serve many purposes. With encouragement the discarded can re-invent itself on a different level.
I enjoy hearing stories from their past lives, but I find a special joy in creating revisions with their help. Our new story may be a clever parable or simply a whimsical tale. Whatever it becomes, it will be as unique as the material I find. If there is a morale to be learned from my artwork, perhaps it is this: Everything deserves a second look; a second chance. Perhaps together we will begin to see our surroundings with new eyes. Awareness is the first step of change.