elementLani Asher
image catalogue 2013-2014
image catalogue 2012
image catalogue 2011 image catalogue 2009 artist's statement resume
  Artist's Statement      

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"I make multi-layered collages from bits of paper, photographs and drawings that I have saved over the years. In the process of framing or joining these fragments, I construct metaphorical windows and doors that access a very personal metaphysical world. Limiting myself to paper, paint and pencil, I build up delicate burnished surfaces in my collages. Some of my recent influences have included the New Mexico landscape and "Colchas," traditional textiles made from stitched together fabric remnants. The history of "Colchas" can be traced from New Mexico to Turkey and Sephardic Spain. My work transforms the physical detritus of my life and travels into meditative objects. Each scrap of paper is organically imbedded with grit and memory, and each collage conveys the aura of living, just as my body has absorbed and codified so many experiences."