A new series of collages have been coalescing layer by layer within the studio over recent days. Coloured by a palette of black, greys magenta and red, the images develop through a playful experimentation with geometric shapes. Natural forms, the warming of earth, birdsong in lock-down and the sense of safety from being inside, while outside a viral storm rages – this strange year of 2020 seems to present an inescapable narrative. #covid19artistsathome
Three experiments from yesterday’s zoom drawing club meet up: initially cutting-out freehand objects and the re-positioning of geometric forms. Fluid layouts encouraged subsequent reassessments, with explorations of shape and negative space floating upon a mid-grey paper (Clairefontaine Gris). Finally with a spray of adhesive the position of elements within the paper collages was fixed.
A tiny sketchbook embarked upon a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean bound for New York. It was due to take up a position within the Brooklyn Art Library as part of a diminutive collection in the (Tiny) Sketchbook Project, but although it arrived at its destination before the postal deadline, and tracking indeed confirmed its arrival, the little book was never catalogued, its fate remains unknown. It would never receive its library reference number, or join its peers within a tiny suitcase, visiting exotic locations on the other side of the world. All that remains are some scans (below) from its pages made just before this tiny sketchbook departed for an uncertain future and unforeseen disappearance, never to return again to the studio.
Developing some ideas on paper following an inspiring frottage and monoprint workshop led by Amanda Thesiger for Dover Arts Development as part of the Doverprintfest 2020. Old carved woodcut blocks under newsprint provide texture to rub with conte pastel.
A collage sketchbook 4/20: presenting a series of hand-cut paper collages that document perambulatory explorations of shape, contrast, colour and form. Each layout is arranged upon an A5 sketchbook page, creating some foundations of language for further development into larger scale works using mixed-media, print and paint. #collage #paper #covid19artistsathome #artistsathome #sketchbook
THE TINY SKETCHBOOK PROJECT – VOLUME 2:
My tiny sketchbook ‘Voyage’ takes the viewer on a journey in collage, an autobiographical odyssey, exploring ideas and places: through landscapes either real or constructed by memories.
About the project:
Every participant is sent the same 2.33×1.66″ blank custom sketchbook. Each book will be given a unique six-digit barcode so we can easily catalog it into Brooklyn Art Library’s system.
Once we catalog it, you’ll be able to track where your book travels and how often it is viewed—we want to make sure you can stay connected with your sketchbook!