Several years ago I worked for a
Japanese company in Los Angeles. When one of
our coworkers was transferred to Australia a
farewell card began to circulate for everyone
to sign. In keeping with Japanese custom,
instead of a commercial greeting card we used
ashikishiboard which is
an elegant paper-covered cardboard
traditionally used for calligraphy and brush
I suggested that we bend tradition a bit by
incorporating photographs of everyone from the
office as well as some images from Australian
travel brochures. No one had ever seen that
done, so I was asked to put it together. For
the rest of the week I sat in amusement,
cutting and pasting. By the time I was finished
the entire board was a vision of colour and our
photographs had all been integrated into the
Australian landscape. “Look...there’s a koala
bear...up in the tree...with Mr. Matsuda’s face
on it!” Nobody had ever displayed such
irreverence before but everyone saw the humour
in it, even the very traditional president of
the company, Mr. Matsuda!
The collage idea was such a hit it quickly
became an ongoing tradition. My fellow office
workers had gotten a taste for creative
expression and I had discovered a love of
scissors and glue.
SO IT GOES...
What began as a moment of fun became an avenue
of expression for me; a way of voicing my
perceptions and linking the inner and outer
worlds together. I view my collage art as a
reflection of the colourful and multi-layered
world in which we live.
Daniels-Los Angeles, 2009
Scissors and Glue...
enjoy weaving images together, blending and
overlapping as I go along. I never have any idea
where a piece is headed. It’s rare for me to even
begin with a concept. Each work is a journey of
discovery. I guess the same could be said about
our lives. Everyone is a work in progress.