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A New Collage Series, Passageways

April 26, 2010

“Passageways I” – Collage, 5 x 7″

Passageways is the title of my new series of collages. These are created using a completely different approach from the intuitive collage process that I outlined in a series of previous posts. They are more abstract, have a  limited palette, and very few photographic elements are used. My goal with these was to make them more abstract and related to my current paintings.

Instead of making a matrix and using a viewfinder to determine different compositions after the fact, I am arranging the cut and torn papers individually within a predetermined format. My papers consist of handmade papers, brown paper with graphite doodles, magazine clippings, and plain newsprint with paint dabs.

I do like clean edges for my collages, so I have lightly drawn in the border on my background paper with a pencil beforehand and then glued down the papers just to the edges of the border lines, or just beyond them. After the composition is complete, I trim away the irregular edges and will mount the whole finished collage onto a heavier piece of art paper.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2010 12:59 pm

    Somehow Japanese! Love the outer right parts. Very innovative!

    • April 27, 2010 6:40 pm

      Thank you, Eva! I’m happy you like this. I love things that have a Japanese feel, but it wasn’t a conscious thing.

  2. April 27, 2010 9:03 am

    I love how you are constantly exploring and going in new directions yet staying very true to yourself, your vision & your art. This is a wonderful piece…can’t wait to see more!

    • April 27, 2010 6:39 pm

      Thank you Lynne. Well, it’s easy to explore on a smaller scale. Translation to something larger takes more deliberation and time. I’m enjoying these!

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