I have collected an assortment of things since I was a kid. My very first collection were precious rhinestones. I disassembled these stones from old jewelry that were given to me by my mother and my aunts. They were stored in a variety of tiny jars and kept in the center drawer of my bedroom vanity.
That was the beginning. Presently my studio is occupied with drawers, jars, baskets, boxes, portfolios, and plastic containers filled with an array of interesting objects ready to marry into a two or three-dimensional piece of art. It’s interesting because the origin of the word assemblage (in its artistic sense) can be traced back to the early 1950’s when I was collecting those precious stones.
In the 1970’s I began to understand my insatiable need to collect by attending an exhibition of Joseph Cornell’s magnificent boxes filled with fascinating objects.
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