Three new collage works for the New Year: ‘Fields of Attraction’. Colourful building blocks of life coalesce, developing into a single celled organism that proceeds to divide and replicate itself.
Throughout our Monday Drawing Club zoom meeting I was collaging cuttings from some old woodblock prints, re-arranging & re-imagining connections between inked/non-inked papers. The motto ‘I have everything I need’ encourages an environmentally sound method of working, re-cycling previously used papers, that for one reason or another may not have been fulfilling their optimum potential. Now re-aligned they present some new and exciting possibilities of direction.
Three pieces collaged during the evening session are presented here:
Recent Fridays in the studio have been wonderful collage inspired days, raiding my colleague’s fabric box to explore a selection of linens, cottons and silks. These three material based mixed-media collages developed over the past few weeks and were finally mounted onto 300g paper yesterday. All are approximately A2 in size un-framed.
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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