Candy Wranglers - Artist Statement

When it comes to food, I'm a sucker for sweets (no pun intended).  Sweet things always seem to find their way into my collage work.  Maybe it's my obsession with sweets or the fact that I always associate good times and happiness with sweets.  

This series started when my sister-in-law asked if I would ever make artwork with candy in it.  I had never thought about it, but my curiosity was peaked.  I began finding old photos and trying to find ways they could interact with the bright, colorful candy.  Before long, I had women and men wrapping, hanging, and wrangling with candy.  I named these individuals "Candy Wranglers" because they always seemed to be conquering or collecting this candy.  Even though it seems like hard work, they don't seem to mind with the bright colors.  That's what this series is about - the joy and sweet memories made even when it seems hard at the time.