Some of the projects I do are carefully planned and laid out. Others, such as this 15″ x 20″ mixed media assemblage, start out with one idea in mind, then in process go in off in entirely different directions.
I started on this work in mid September. I have some street maps of Baltimore and Hardin County, MD and thought they would make good backgrounds. In this piece, the map of downtown Baltimore is pasted down onto a piece of mat board, torn off in pieces, reapplied, and painted over with acrylic paint.
By then the Occupy Movement was underway, and as I was watching the events unfold on cable news, I was inspired to scrounge up more objects to adhere to the piece: miniature police badge pins, a toy car, a wooden nickle, a peace sign, screws and nails, charms depicting a downhill racer, buttons, a collectible U.S. Presidents coin showing the White House, a bell, a “checkout” pin, cards from a game called “Word Power,” pages from a thesaurus and a dictionary, and stamped images of people depicting two distinct classes.
This form of expression is a lot more productive than screaming at the television.