A few quick sketches that committed some ideas to paper have recently been influencing the layout and development of three new paper cut-out collages.
Beyond the frame: a developing series of experimental collages expanding around Polaroid instant film images. Drawing upon a diverse range instant photographic materials, including Polachrome/Polapan slide, SX70 and type100 film bases, these mixed-media works seek to expand a view beyond the confines/borders of original instant photographs.
Recent sunshine has aided the development of some new image making using cyanotype treated cotton fabric with its rich deep ultramarine hues. The photograms collectively connect with a sense of loss, of passing and quiet melancholy that can be glimpsed lying just under the surface of contemporary experience. This is not so much about sorrowful songs but more the realisation of the existence of a new reality: the ‘new normal’. Ideas and images develop against the backdrop of a contemplative blues tinted landscape.
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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.
There is a tangible sense of achievement once a sketchbook project is concluded, a process has taken place from start to finish; from cover to cover. In reality however, it is never really completed, as there will always be ‘that’ little detail or textual element to enhance or embellish.
‘La Montagne’ is my most recent sketchbook, exploring geometric mountain-like forms, collaged onto a pre-defined booklet supplied by The Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn NY. With paper cut-outs assembled and mounted into position, my sketchbook was registered onto the project website to obtain its unique searchable barcode, before being placed in the post to commence its transatlantic voyage to the real-life library in New York.
This is quite an emotional feeling, a parting in as much as I will never see the sketchbook in its physical form again – or be able to add anything further to the ideas / collages mounted within. It will now reside on a different continent, catalogued and viewable within the offline library there, before being scanned into the projects’ online library and finally viewable worldwide across the web. Although never to return home to its studio of origin, I will see updates from time to time about its interactions and the places it visits, so we will never really lose touch.
Mike Tedder & Roberta Harrold
An exhibition of collage, photography, images, objects and ideas.
Both on canvas and in print, Enigma presents images which are in some part inspired by pattern, natural elements and travel, often across the landscape of Romney Marsh itself.
From 05.09.15 to 30.09.15
Open 10am to 4pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – free entry
THE ART SHACK
Romney Marsh Visitor Centre
Kent TN28 8AY
The Art Shack is part of the Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, which is located off Dymchurch Road between New Romney and Dymchurch.
See our location here on the map