I started making and photographing girls’ dresses in 2000. Since the beginning of the 30 Dresses body of work, I have also worked on collage and assemblage pieces. The collage work began in late 2001 using objects and 30 Dresses photographs first in cigar boxes and later on game boards. Inspired after seeing the Matisse/Picasso Exhibition at MoMA in 2003, I began painting the collages. I’ve had a series of solo exhibitions featuring my collage and assemblage work beginning with both in and out of the game, 2002, followed by In Play, 2003, then In Hot Water, 2004, Rosebud, 2006 and Modern Conveniences, 2010. I’ve tried to show examples of all the work, which explores cultural identity focusing on girls and women, in this exhibition. I’m particularly interested in the influence of modernity with the development of modern appliances and advertising.
I have always loved collecting little objects from junk or antique stores. I trust my instincts and try not to intellectualize about my choices. I enjoy gathering my stuff round me (photographs, toys, trinkets, books, magazines, catalogs, and oddities) and create each piece spontaneously.