Artist Statement


The evolutionary path involving the appropriation of print media and the use of collage techniques began in an Experimental Works studio at New Jersey City University in 1998.  While completing both a Master of Art and Master of Fine Arts degrees at NJCU, Buntzen explored and further experimented with newsprint fragments and collage production through a process of retrieval and reuse, giving new life and meaning to materials that would otherwise be discarded or recycled.
 
Isolated from context, fragments of visual facts and color print become a working palate creating arrangements of appropriated matter. The chronological phases of collage production vary. Objective and non-objective subject matter as well as realistic and abstract approaches are interchanged creating a differentiated body of work.
 
While some arrangements are exhibited individually, many become complimentary components that form module sets.  These module sets occupy space as a cohesive group and allow the work to expand into a more monumental presentation.
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