Artwork > 2015 - 2017 - The New Aloha

Saguaro Cactus and Chandelier
1978/2015
collage on postcard
16" x 36" (framed)
Saguaro Cactus and Chandelier
1978 / 2015
collage on vintage postcard
16" x 36" (framed)
Washington and Open Console
collage on postcard
14" x 24" (framed)
Washington and Open Console
1978/2015
collage on postcard
14"x 24" (framed)
Sights like this (Lounge and Moon)
1909 / 2016
collage on vintage postcard
10" x 22" (framed)
Sights like this (Lounge and Moon)
1909 / 2016
collage on vintage postcard
10" x 22" (framed)
Octolio and Cuff Console
1988 / 2016
collage on postcard
32" x 15" (framed)
Octolio and Cuff Console
1988 / 2016
collage on postcard
32" x 15" (framed)
An Ode to Water Centric Design
1978/2015
collage on postcard
23.5” x 19.25” (framed)
An Ode to Water Centric Design
1978/2015
collage on postcard
23.5” x 19.25” (framed)
Light Fixture and Florida Beach
1956/2015
collage on postcard
24" x 27" (framed)
Light Fixture and Florida Beach
1956/2015
collage on postcard
24" x 27" (framed)
Guatemala and Credenza
2015 / 2015
collage on postcard
20" x 20" (framed)
Guatemala and Credenza
2015 / 2015
collage on postcard
20" x 20" (framed)
Honduras and Hotel
1940 / 2015
collage on postcard
16 "x 20" (framed)
Honduras and Hotel
1940/2015
collage on postcard
16 "x 20" (framed)
Savannah, GA and Veteran Hospital
1930 / 2015
collage on postcard
16 "x 20" (framed)
Savannah, GA and Veteran Hospital
1930 / 2015
collage on postcard
16 "x 20" (framed)

I work with collage, photography and sculpture examining society’s proclivity to equate nature with consumption, affluence and capitalism. In my series, The New Aloha, I use photography’s ability to replace ownership; acquiring postcards of beautiful places and combining them with magazine images of expensive unattainable objects. I create surrealistic landscapes, pairing the images with titles and text lifted from the back of the postcards, fusing that text with the descriptions of the featured opulent items. The imagery, titles and text become an awkward compression, conflating desire and ambivalence. My work explores the mechanics of photographic representation, fantasy and authenticity and is influenced by California history, the paradoxes of a suburban upbringing and my increasingly complicated relationship with nature.