Flax has a BA in English from Heidelberg College and an MA in Speech & Theater from the University of Michigan. She has worked in theater, film, and, for the past 20 years, in marketing and communications.
When she moved to Cape Cod in 2013, Flax revived a technique of representational collage that she originally developed in her twenties. She calls her work “Cut Paper Mosaics” as she uses entirely cut reclaimed (mostly magazine) paper, applied in brush-stroke like patterns, which reference the natural shapes and movement in the landscapes or objects they depict. She uses her art-making as a lens through which to view her beautiful surroundings, in varying degrees of representation and abstraction.
A sample of recent national and regional juried exhibitions and shows include:
- Cape Cod Fiber Artists Group Show, Cotuit Center for the Arts
- Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s Winter Arts Exhibit “Personal Space,”Cotuit Center for the Arts
- Audubon Artists, Inc., Salmagundi Club, NYC (Innovation in Collage Award, 2016; Silver Medal of Honor in Mixed Media, 2017)
- Cortile Gallery 2016 Invitational, Provincetown, MA
- Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY
- Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA
- Galatea Fine Arts Gallery, Boston, MA
- The Davis Gallery, Worcester, MA
- The Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
- The Chelsea Gallery, Chelsea, MA
- South Shore Arts Center, Cohasset, MA
- Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA
Each piece I create is unique and one-of-a-kind, made entirely from reclaimed paper (usually magazines, calendars and catalogs). I treat the paper in a “painterly” way, cutting it to mimic brushstrokes, and blending a palette of colors and textures, that are layered and adhered with an archival glue stick onto archival collage board. Up close, the work may appear quite abstract or impressionistic, but will quickly reveal a greater degree of its two-dimensionality as the view steps back.