Words and Memory combines found poetry with portraits of women from the 40’s and 50’s that I created using cut paper first painted with acrylic paint, then hand cut and assembled.
There is something very special about books that have survived decades – the feel of the crumbling covers, the texture and thickness of the paper, the fading ink and classic typography – and the knowledge that it has been passed from hand to hand, generation to generation. It was in just such an old book, A Child’s History of England from the 1800’s, where I started to find different and new stories appearing. I highlighted these words, creating new stories on the pages.
At this same time, I had been collecting old photos from my current town of Maplewood, NJ. These photos from the 1940’s and 1950’s are snapshots of someone’s loved ones, memories that have slipped away and fallen into my hands, the hands of a stranger. They became the inspiration for the portraits in this series. The portraits are created using paper I first paint with acrylics then cut into shapes and assemble into my desired image.
It is these two things – the old books and the snapshots of times gone by – that I have combined to create something completely new, yet that still holds within it the words and memories of the past.
I continue to add to this series as I’m inspired to do so.