"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

 

The first book I remember is "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams.  Her words are the best ones to describe my work with old things.  To me they are alive.  When I bring them home, many are orphaned, faded, broken, or missing pieces.  By combining antique timepieces, discarded trinkets, and mechanical objects with old photographs and natural forms such as butterflies, I hope to create a feeling of beauty and harmony in the dichotomy.  I strive to evoke a feeling of closeness from these everyday objects of the past, and foster a feeling of appreciation from a world that is now so drastically different.

 

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THE FABULOUS TURTLE BOY, 2013, 17" x 10" x 5"

early 1900's baby doll, snapping turtle shell, paint

CCirca

THE OLIVER, 2014, 10" x 12" x 13"

1920's typewriter, ephemera & spectacles, rehydrated & posed butterflies, wire, paint