Q: Describe your art.

A: Mixed-media self-portraits that fuse sculpture and make-up using entirely found objects and recycled garbage to craft all the elements that adorn my head and face. This assemblage and live collage are then captured in a self-portrait.

Q: How did it start?

A: I worked as a makeup artist for 16 years. During the last four years of my time with MAC Cosmetics, I began posting images of self-transformations. Originally they were more cosmetics-focused, with some elements of ‘recycled garbage’ added into them, and over the years it has become much more sculpture focused. I eventually left my full-time makeup artist career to focus solely on my freelance artist career.

Q: Describe your process.

A: Inspiration begins with a found object... it can be the most mundane piece of everyday-life trash, but something about the item speaks to me and I see the beauty of its shape or color or its deconstruction. From that point, the sculpture begins and I begin to collage other items that may have the same feeling to them. I usually spend several days or weeks creating sculptures, and then when I decide to photograph a creation, I have all these random sculptures around me to choose from. I don’t sketch out any creations – it’s all done very spontaneously and intuitively. I take hundreds of pictures to get that perfect one that I feel captures the true essence.

Q: What drives you to do it?

A: I feel so incredibly connected to the work, and find a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that I am creating something that is a purely authentic piece that has grown from all the random thoughts in my mind. People from all over the world now send me boxes of their ‘garbage’ for me to use in the work... which I find incredibly beautiful, knowing that the art is connecting strangers from around the globe.

Q: What makes you most happy, and why?

A: Being in a place in my life where I know who and what I am, and being able to share myself with others in a completely authentic way.