Born in 1961 in Brooklyn, NY, I am best known for my hand-cut-and-assembled gelatin silver photo collages, and for the B&W photographs from which they are made.
I am a self-taught collage artist, and created my first work at 8 years old, a bookcase covered with meticulously cut and pasted magazine pictures.
In 1999, I graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a B.A. in Documentary Visual Studies and Society - a self-styled major which combines my love of photography and commentary. My studies included intensive darkroom work in a professional facility, and I have continued to shoot film and create hand-printed photographs.
In the early 2000’s I began cutting up my gelatin silver photographs for use in collage, in order to carry on with my work during a period when I had no access to a darkroom. This led to my ongoing Architextures series of hand-cut-and-assembled photo collages.
The inspiration for this series is the architecture and urban landscapes of Manhattan. What began as a ten-year documentary project about the growth of the west Chelsea arts district, continues still, as I remain captivated by the city’s architectural elements and vistas.
I also create mixed-media surrealist collages, often using one of my store window mannequin photos as the basis for an exploration of an emotional state.
I have exhibited my gelatin silver photographs and collages in New York, and nationwide, for over twenty years. Upcoming shows include Orphanage Gallery (Dayton, OH) and Urban Hive (Sacramento, CA).
In 2016, I was awarded a project grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (MD). I have been interviewed for WBAI Radio in New York, and received a Puffin Foundation Grant for a documentary photography project in 2003.
Recent shows include Robert Anderson Gallery (Denver, CO); Central Booking (New York, NY); National Arts Club (New York, NY); Hill Center Galleries (Washington, DC); and David & Schweitzer Contemporary (Brooklyn, NY).. My images have been featured in New York Gallery Guide, Hyperallergic.com, About.com, and the Sun Magazine.
I am one of two artists who served as a Design Consultant for the Public Art Project for the Wheaton, MD Town Square Redevelopment.
My photographs and collages are in private collections in the US and abroad.
I live and work in New York and Silver Spring, MD.