Artist Statement

In the late 1980's I discovered dada poetry and quickly became fascinated by how easily a collection of randomly generated words, with just a small amount of editing, could suggest a meaningful poem.

I then stumbled upon digital imagery while playing with a friend's computer several years later and began wondering if I could use computers to extend my dada inspired experiments into the visual arena. When digital technology became affordable to me in 1995, I bought a computer, scanner, and imaging software to pursue my idea.

I typically begin an artwork by appropriating images from a variety of sources -- magazines, art books, small items i find lying around the house or on the street -- and import them into the computer environment.

I work toward unifying the scanned elements using conventional compositional techniques while also keeping an eye on the developing narrative structure which happens of its own accord. by utilizing the flexibility of the digital environment, I have been able to create seamless boundaries between appropriated images and found objects to a degree not possible with traditional collage methods.

I generally do not title a piece until it is completed and consider the title an integral element of the artwork. I am concerned with exploring how imposing a formal structure onto a collection of initially independent images offers the viewer an opportunity to explore the narrative boundary between creation and discovery.

My interest in these questions, and the use of digital imagery to explore them, has been influenced by my readings in dada, surrealism, psychoanalytic thought and chaos theory.