Dellert makes mixed media pieces using natural materials such as leaves, flower petals, onion and garlic skins, wasp nests as well as vintage atlas pages, vintage sheet music and tea bags combined with handmade papers, and found objects. These materials are combined into minimalist statements, often with an ecological backstory, using varied substrates from painted plywood and found rusted metal sheets to images taken in Japan, laser printed on washi, and then applied to artist board.
Dellert’s works juxtapose human made materials and objects, often in a decaying state, with materials from Nature. These natural materials have been carefully cut up and then reassembled and used as colored pixels in very exacting constructions as fields of color, as backgrounds, or as superimposed shapes. Often circles, squares and rectangles are employed to give the work a new structure outside or beside that which it had originally. A recent one man exhibition, Three Truths, celebrated these shapes and made reference to an ancient Zen Buddhist teaching which states that the circle or sphere represents “all things”. Dellert is attempting to show us how the built environment decays, much as Nature decays, but that there is both a beauty and a lesson in observing this process. Also implied is a deeply ecological statement about the prevalence and persistence of human made materials especially as they enter the waste stream, and the implications of an oil based industrial culture on the survival of the planet.