My work process started to include a variety of papers, many of which I made or altered by painting or printmaking techniques. I have tried a number of different surfaces but paper remains my favorite to this day. The satisfaction of making paper and altering the surfaces of manufactured paper resulted in my including other materials in my work such as stitching and wire. The house and building imagery increased and also seemed to go from grand buildings (as in the cut paper work in my last post) to singular structures and small groups of less grand buildings. Other samples of this work are shown in this post.
Houses and buildings have long been represented in my artwork. I believe that even though certain imagery may remain in an artist’s work, the meaning of those images can change over time. When I teach, I often refer to such imagery as personal symbols.
When I first started putting buildings in my work, it was obvious to me that it was because this was part of my everyday scenery. I lived in a very large city and you saw row after row of houses and blocks and blocks of buildings. This post shows some samples of my work from the late 1980s which was all made of cut paper, down to the smallest detail. I truly believe I would not currently have the patience to work in this medium.