I’m drawn to the wear and tear on old books and evidence that they’ve been enjoyed. I’ve reclaimed thousands of vintage books and especially appreciate the bygone designs, colors, textures and marks. I'm intrigued by beautifully handwritten inscriptions, sentences that people underlined, and entries made in margins. I find lots of random artifacts inside. Bookplates, bookstore labels and illustrations lead me to interesting people and places. It’s all stuff of art and I love getting lost in it.
I got inspired to reimagine unwanted books while visiting Sicily and resonating with an amazing collection of recovered floor tiles. See:
Out of that experience came my mosaics made with book cover cuttings. Sometimes I adhere my pieces with contractor staples to evoke a “stitched” aesthetic. More recently I'm interested in scraps and marks made from my process. I exhibit the mosaics in many dfferent ways - - sometimes I show them singly and other times I connect them to form a larger installation.