CUT IT OUT, coming to Amazon this September
Tell us about you...
I’m so excited to be featured this month! I spend a lot of time running with scissors and other dangerous things. Well, I sit with scissors and glue and let my imagination do the running. I’m a collage artist with a background in theatre. I’m also a mom to a seven year old who is absolutely adorable and non-stop. In 2017, chronic illness sidelined my career as a theatre director. After two years of managing my health, family, and adjusting to my new normal, I picked up scissors and started making images with anything I could find. It felt like a life saver to have this empty stage in the form of a 9”x12” sketch book. After being brave enough to finally post my story art on Instagram (@scissorsandstories), I have found an amazing community of artists who responded to my sometimes silly, sometimes very serious work. In April, I was offered a gift grant from The Doug + Laurie Kanyer Art Collection to publish a collection of my collages. What a thrill! The book, CUT IT OUT: Collage Art in Ten Acts, is a book of collage from my theatrical perspective. It should be available on Amazon in early September.
What is your relationship to audiobooks?
Maryne’s work is so much more important than maybe even SHE knows. Those of us with chronic illness experience so much loneliness. Your brain is up and going, but your body has basically quit, so listening to wonderful audiobooks is an essential lifeline. I can’t emphasis enough how nice it is to have company in the form of a lovely voice and an engrossing story.
What made you decide to follow me?
I may be the luckiest Audio Sorceress fan of all, because I had the privilege of going to college with Maryne! She has always been just as bright, kind, and amazing as she is now and I’m lucky to call her a long time friend.
Who is your favorite literary character?
Anna Karenina and Alice in Wonderland. Anna Karenina is one of the richest female characters in literature and one I’d love to gossip with. Little Alice who falls into Wonderland reminds me of my daughter; endlessly curious, persnickety, and brave.
What is your favorite quote?
"Everything pales in comparison to the truth of our salvation.” This is a paraphrased version of Romans 8:18 and it has carried me through many trials. I also love the quote from Sarah Ruhl’s play Eurydice, where the titular character reassures her lover Orpheus, saying, “I will always remember your melody! It will be imprinted on my heart like wax.” It reminds me of all the people who have imprinted love on my life.