In 2015, artist Angie Meitzler and I decided to collaborate on a body of work knowing that our correspondence would have to take place long distance as we were experiencing many life changes, she was off to NYC and I was juggling multiple jobs. The collaboration focused on combining our interests that were commonly used in our own work, Angie was exploring gestural and linear qualities while I was layering paint in neon colors with various tools. With using such different mediums, we were driven by the contrast, variation, and process of sharing a 2D surface where graphite and acrylic would meet. The core of this collaboration was working in response to the other solely based on their marks, receiving unpredictable layers to work from, and not knowing how many layers it would take to know it was complete. Through this correspondence, we created a series of mixed media pieces that represent our collaborative efforts over time and distance.
In 2014, printmaker Dellas Henke and I began an ambitious collaboration that would blend our work and allow us to express very transitional points in our lives. Some months before this work began we had noticed that for all the obvious differences in our work underneath there were some fundamental things in common. It was about the willingness, the necessity, to fracture space and scale and confounding positive/ negative, nature/culture, masculine/feminine, subtle/bold, any “opposites” we found from experience we each seemed compelled to “make right” in a single picture space. We each began some and often obliterated what the other had done, some were easy- one layer each, others got mailed or driven back and forth several times. In many ways the work came from the internal process, a crazy experiment, a fearless attention to the other, (eventually we couldn’t tell who did what as we each could adopt or anticipate the other’s way of seeing and making – an improvisation.) There was an almost fierce letting go of ego – it was as if we both understood that the less we as individuals were present in the work the more something new would come of it and the more we worked for this other thing the more energizing it became and the less we thought about it the more successful they became.