Cipher A series of coded messages on found and new materials.

The found items used in this series are objects that were no longer useful to their owners — meaning they were either pulled from the trash, from the side of the road, or purchased at a thrift or second-hand store.


Artist Statement

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This piece utilizes a graphic paper collage — made from a Japanese illustrated children's book and images from a dinosaur dictionary — mounted on a wood panel. The code was created with acrylic, glue and painted glitter.

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Purchased at a thrift store, this canvas-mounted photograph was so strangely appealing; I couldn’t keep my eyes off it.

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Inspired by a 1970s atlas ocean current illustration, this cut-paper and graphite drawing piece is mounted onto a discarded Lois Powers lithograph print.

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This framed rooster was found discarded behind a craft mall. In terrible condition, the rooster (cut from ¼-inch hardboard) was mounted to rusted chicken wire, and the entire piece was black spray-painted. The rusted wire was unsalvageable, so I remounted the rooster to a hardboard backing. The piece was created using acrylic, wood, glue and glitter.

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Mounted to five secured wooden circles are 75 athletic trading cards from my childhood collection. My parents were purging my boyhood closet and came across a pail of cards — instead of throwing them out, I asked them to be saved for this and another Cipher piece.

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This layered piece integrates a laser print on paper, a discarded vellum clothing pattern and acrylic paint.

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Finished, this piece will consist of 45 (12 x 12 inch) vinyl album covers. The albums were found, purchased at thrift stores or given specifically for this project — they are mounted to wood panels and completed with painted glitter.

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Purchased at a thrift store, this 1977 Coca-Cola bottling crate is solidly constructed and was left fully intact, with an additional ¼-inch hardboard inserted to contain the code.

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This work is on a discarded lithographic print of Paul Detlefsen’s Americana Scene. The frame is original to the print, although painted for this project.

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This framed rooster was found discarded behind a craft mall. In terrible condition, the rooster (cut from ¼-inch hardboard) was mounted to rusted chicken wire, and the entire piece was black spray-painted. The rusted wire was unsalvageable, so I remounted the rooster to a hardboard backing. The piece was created using acrylic, wood, glue and glitter.

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Found medical illustration covered in graphite and vellum. The frame is wood with painted glitter.

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This acrylic on canvas painting consists of nine 9.5 x 9.5 x 3.5 inch panels.

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This four-foot by one-foot wood panel was created with acrylic, glue and glitter.

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This black and white (acrylic, glue and glitter) piece consists of 18 11-inch wood circles.

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This acrylic on canvas study experiments with using the paintings edge to activate its relationship with the wall.

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An acrylic on canvas two-panel study that explores potential large-scale color palettes and a light and dark side-by-side canvas arrangement.

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The largest piece in the Cipher series to date. This 50-panel (12 x 12 inches each) acrylic on canvas work has the feel of movable type, as the order of the panels must remain, but the wall arrangement of the piece is entirely flexible.