The title of this series of paintings, Collection Amusette, references the time period I lived in Toulouse, France.  Visually, this series is highly influenced by the decaying signs I see painted on old buildings or brick walls, both in France and the U.S.A, as well as hand made amateur signs one sees scattered around the city and countryside.  These signs, advertising garage sales or homemade cheese, I love for their awkwardness, occasional misspellings and naïve imagery.  
I paint on wood as this allows me to stain and let the natural patterns of the wood grain show through. Wood also permits me to sand, rub, and even gouge the surface.  Some paintings have the wood cut to specific shapes.  The things I paint may have nothing to do with the shape itself. The concept is to reflect the idea that meanings and memories change over time, and lose or gain in significance.  A direct influence on this idea is the “can” part of an old neon sign.   The can is the cut out metal shape that was the support for the neon.  Over time the neon is broken away, leaving the shaped can.  New business owners may simply paint a new sign over the can to spare costs.  The old image is still represented by the remaining can, and may not reflect the new words in the least.  I enjoy and am amused by this strange juxtaposition of words and imagery.
I also use text in these paintings.  The text sometimes represents a specific memory, or can also signify the jumbled confusion of living in foreign countries and not knowing the exact meaning of words, of only having a general idea. The confusion and awkwardness in this tangle of words and instructions can sometimes have bearing upon one’s footing in the world, one’s sense not only of self confidence, but one’s sense of self.  
The paintings are separate but related panels that can be moved, changed, and hung in different ways, almost haphazardly.  Our memories and ideas can, in the same way, shift in meaning and significance day by day, yet are still related.  These paintings consist of patterns that are repeated and broken, jumbles of letters that may not make sense, fractions of an image instead of a whole image, all of which are pieces of a story or an event, a memory represented through layering or erosion of imagery.  The visual sources are different images I have collected over the years, some with very specific meanings, while others are vague.  All reflect how meanings change over time.
 
 
 
Collection Amusette
Cage, 2008, 4’ x 4’
Acrylic & oil on wood
Alice, 2008, 4’ x 4’
Acrylic on wood
 
Winter, 2008, 2’ x 4’
Acrylic on wood
TinTin, 2008, 2’ x 3’
Acrylic on cut plywood
Du, Toi, You, 2008, 2’ x 3’
Acrylic & oil on cut plywood
Jolie Laide
2007
Monstre
2007
Lost
2007
Crown
2007
Forest
2007
Lucky Luke
2007
Firecrackers
2007
Collection Amusette
2007
Fish Bait
2007
Bird Shaped Wood
2007
Installation Shot
Sliding Door Gallery, 2007
Installation Shot
Sliding Door Gallery, 2007