Salvaged Wood Quilts | 32 Images

 After Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast coastline of New Jersey and the surrounding area, I began collecting the remains left behind in its wake—floorboards, window frames, cabinets, furniture, exterior siding—anything that I could find that evoked life before the storm. My art continues to be inspired by traditional American patchwork quilt designs—designs that are familiar and comforting. I create new relationships between color, proportion, texture, and surfaces and never interfere with the original colors. The faded colors and tattered surfaces of the wood are a nostalgic glimpse into the past. The visual history of the salvaged wood – the chipped layers of paint, the nail holes, the grain- tells a story. Using a grid system, mathematical proportions, and symmetry, I transform this salvaged wood into something new, fresh, and familiar. The work is rooted in repetition and pattern to mimic life, growth, regeneration, and tells a new story: What once was, is born anew.

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Scrapped, 2014
Scrapped, 2014
Meadow of Delight
Meadow of Delight
Locked Out, 2014
Locked Out, 2014
Detail, Meadow of Delight
Detail, Meadow of Delight
Barn Razing
Barn Razing
Trifecta
Trifecta
Chicks and Hens
Chicks and Hens
Surge, 2014
Surge, 2014
Center Stage
Center Stage
Big Deal, 2015
Big Deal, 2015
Detail, Big Deal
Detail, Big Deal
By the Block
By the Block
Onezie, 2015
Onezie, 2015
Detail, Onezie
Detail, Onezie
In the Thick of It
In the Thick of It
Sandy's Folly
Sandy's Folly
Plaid
Plaid
Cornered, 2017
Cornered, 2017
Spot On, 2014
Spot On, 2014
Around the Block
Around the Block
Four Play
Four Play
On Point
On Point
Across Town
Across Town
Off of Center
Off of Center
Constructions
Constructions
All Over the News, 2015
All Over the News, 2015
Fractured, 2017
Fractured, 2017
A Change on the Horizon, 2015
A Change on the Horizon, 2015
Ties that Bind, 2015
Ties that Bind, 2015
From All Angles, 2016
From All Angles, 2016
Love Divided, 2016
Love Divided, 2016
On Track, 2016
On Track, 2016