ARTIST STATEMENT: Creating collages is about exploration and reflection. Itís about seeing and understanding the world in a new and different way. I was first drawn to making collages using newspaper because it is an abundant source of free material in New York City. I love working with newspaper because it has so many interesting colors and shapes and always produces a surprise. Using ordinary and found materials in collages allows me to transform them, to change the perception of the original object or material, and to create something precious out of something discarded or commonplace.