Sanda Aronson

Artist Statement

Born on February 29, Leap Year Day; given an unusual first name, SANDA, it is not unusual to have both a sense of humor, and a sense of social justice. Being "nearsighted" resulted in a love of detail, so the variety of media have common threads: a sculptor who likes to play, building through "additive" methods: collage, assemblage and xerographics at this time.

Assemblage is 3D collage, and has led from doing the first assemblage in 1977 as an artist-in-residence (one of the first three artists in the Studio in A Studio Program, NYC) after finding a pink egg tray in the school office waste paper basket, filling the holes with artificial grapes that were a gift from a 6th grader, to xerographics.

Xerographics are multiples of assemblages that I have prepared, which means making 3D parts go into a flat, 2 dimension format for reproduction. I started with found objects and over many years have collected things which end up in my art...not unlike Joseph Cornell collecting "stuff". I also use items that caused one woman curator to label the art feminist: buttons, broken jewelry, toys, fabric (flat or rolled), bits of knitting/yarn, plastic or cloth flowers, plastic leaves, bits of metal, plastic or wood, even old-fashioned Christmas tree ornaments. The work is sometimes autobiographical: items from clothing, clothing labels, photographs, and especially titles. I glue or sew the objects on matte board or into boxes for assemblage and onto flat ground for xerographic reproduction.

In recent years, I have added peace and justice themes to my art. It took me a long time to work out mixing image and themes, since I leave the interpretation to the viewer. There is a file of my work in the Women Artists Archive of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. I am listed in Eleanor Tufts, "American Women Artists: A Bibliographic Guide," Volume 2, Garland, New York, 1989, and I received two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants. In 1985, I started the Disabled Artists' Network, when I became disabled by chronic illness.

Sanda Aronson
c/o Disabled Artists' Network
P.O. Box 20781
New York, NY 10025

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