Martha Friend collects material from her urban Somerville neighborhood, her childhood community in New Hampshire and the places she travels. She creates elaborate dioramas and assemblages that evoke a sense of the places where the materials came from.
Paul Gray lives in Cambridge and collects his raw materials from dumpsters, gutters, parking lots and industrial trash. Discarded furniture, appliances, tools, and trash are gathered, dismantled and reassembled into witty and clever pieces.
Kathy Neustadt lives in New Hampshire and her work often originates from others’ trash. Broken teapots and stacks of old books are turned into clever, functional lamps. Old skis and crutches become the perfect loveseat. A practical soul, Kathy is always thinking of how to transform once-useful, now-broken objects into unique home furnishings.
Marcella Anna Stasa collects from the places she has lived. She often spends weeks or months in a new environment developing new works, made with both natural and discarded materials, from that place. Her current work reflects her rural central Massachusetts home. Bones, birds’ nests, rabbit scat, seedpods and stones become intertwined with photographs and other mare traditional art materials.