SHIRLEY BUNGER | Artist Statement
As a child, I spent much of my time with my head in a book or lost in a daydream. I loved stories, and longed to be able to tell my own. But when, eventually, I tried to write my own stories, I found myself at a loss. I couldn’t make the words say what I wanted to say. Pictures and drawings and things seemed to convey so much more for me than words on a page.
My work celebrates my fascination with things that tell rich stories – books, magazines, letters, photos, and bits of paper we might find lying on the street, or lingering in the back of a junk drawer—items that once held great meaning, but are now likely to be overlooked or thrown away without a second thought. Using a range of techniques, from collage to sewing to print making, I reconfigure and reconnect these discarded pieces into new stories that give them new life and new meaning.