Artist-in-Residence, Spring 2013

Collage has been my calling since 1961, when Roy Lichtenstein turned me on to it at Douglass College. Having worked with various media since childhood in Newark NJ, I was interested in mixing other media into my collages. Using anything and everything, from paper to fabric to glass to stone, I focus on used materials. Besides being a strong recycling advocate, I think that used papers, ad letters, rags and so forth have more to say than new things. I work non-objectively but sometimes recognizable subject matter can sneak into my work quite by accident.

On several occasions, I have collected papers and other detritus from specific locations, took them home and exclusively used this palette for a collage. Finding the materials is an adventure in itself. I felt closer to that place during this process. I’m glad to have the opportunity to get to know Princeton better as part of the Anne Reeves Artist-in-Residence Program. I’ve done collages in this manner in Chelsea (NYC), Cambridge, MA, Southern Italy and other places. Now I want to see how the disposables of Princeton speak to me in my largest project to date. This piece was be installed in the consolidated Princeton Municipal Building at 400 Witherspoon Street and will be approximately 4’ by 8’.

I also be worked with Princeton area residents who wanted to learn collage methods in a series of four classes at the Robeson Center in April of 2013. The participants created their own “Princeton” collages with their collected finds.


Playwright’s Workshop with James Christy
Tuesdays 4:00-5:30 pm
September 24th – November 5th, 2013
Ages: 14-18