Set  C

- Set A -

Golden Age, California 

Set  D

​Cultural spoof - if not an indirect celebration - of our more affluent societies in the decades post WWII. These are ‘scenario collages’, assembled from Paper Dolls, Plastic Barbies, and Sewing Pattern ideals – scaled and repurposed into social landscapes mocking the possession of plenty, and at times, prompting self-absorbed blithe. Opulent parties are a theme in the set, but anxious alienation rests in some.   

- Set B -

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As mentioned, this is a collage process, where I collect relics of post war society and apply them to landscapes of lushness, perhaps agitating for opulence. These sets consist almost entirely of ‘gets’, where I have to shop the internet for applicable matches for my uploaded locations. However, I do photograph from newspapers, magazines and junk mail to gather material as well. Eventually I have enough of what I am thinking to populate the ‘canvas’, and attempt to groom tale from there. I can write a short story, frankly, from every one of these scenes - just by extrapolating from the applied text linked to each. It’s really fun!

 When I was child (in a non-TV household), and got grounded again for some menial reason, my father would dump magazines into my bedroom and tell me to read and learn something of the world. Yes, I would read them, but the pictures were more mesmerizing, and I began cutting the pictures out from one set, and pasting them to another. Think a Life magazine profiled person(s) added to a national geographic landscape. Ohh, then add a Cadillac, and ice cream cones for everybody-  from additional magazine cuts. Also, change the outfits, cut from big sisters Sixteen, (pissed her off), and even the heads and faces from Sports Illustrated, Sunset, etc – and presto – a new reality! Albeit contrived. Lastly, for comic relief, throw a chimpanzee in there too.

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Once the collages are designed, they are printed out and partially painted in oils. In particular, the doll subjects themselves - which are often from pixelated vintage photographs – need to be ‘freshened’ with paint and returned to life. Several pieces have paper and newsprint added to accent the brash color atmosphere.



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Thanks for visiting Golden Age, Ca. I am not burned out on this series, so likely will be adding more in the future.  Come back!