Spider Princess is a fanciful piece which began as a collage—a medium I enjoy working in because it lends itself easily to the “fantastical”. By allowing my imagination to run freely, I put unlikely images together – a photograph of myself holding a balloon and images from old history and biology textbooks. Thus, I created the Spider Princess and her story.
As a result of a magic spell cast by the Grey Witch, the Spider Princess sprouted from a flower—part spider and part human. The king, her father, declared her the “Spider Princess” and gave her dominion over the grey people. Sadly, she did not understand nor love them because they were a heartless people—colorless and empty. So, one by one, she punished them for their acts of cruelty, hoping that they would change their ways, yet they did not. In fact, their hardheartedness worsened, and as time went on, she began to change little by little until finally one day, she became like them.
I have always loved to work with collage because it lends itself so easily to surreal expression as illustrated in Plum Girl, Still Wish You Were Here, and Spider Princess.
In general, my art has been "representational" rather than "abstract". However, I recently began creating abstract landscapes with torn tissue paper. While I have used torn tissue in my surreal collages in the past, I had not used it to create abstract collages.