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Collaborating with Nature

July 14, 2010

“Revealed” – Collage, Weathered Papers
Image 8 x 8″ Mounted on 14 x 11″ White Archival Paper

As you may know, I have been using titles that signify renewal in the current series of collages using weathered papers. And this one is still part of the series, even though the title “revealed” isn’t as much about renewal as it is about experiencing little revelations in the course of working on them.

When I started on this one, I chose a piece of heavy paper that had been buried under my leaves and other papers for a period of time. This piece, which became the basis of the collage, is actually the back of a rejected collage that I had “buried.” At first I was going to build on the old collage itself. But the back, a piece of Arches Cover Paper, was beautiful in its own right, with the stains and smudges from the earth and the mold. It was almost perfect. All I had to do was find a way to make art out of it without destroying the beautiful background. My challenge was literally to let this piece reveal itself to me, hence the title.

The little spiral-shaped smudge at the top left was made by nature, as were all the other marks that you see, with exception of the very light half-circle at the bottom right. I put that there to echo the spiral. The rough vertical line on the left is an old fold in the original paper. The placing of the vertical and horizontal strips of paper was done with great trepidation. I wanted to enhance without overpowering.

The effects of nature on human-made materials, along with worn and weathered found objects, are an endless source of inspiration and fascination for me.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2010 12:55 pm


  2. July 14, 2010 1:40 pm

    Wonderful collaboration Martha!! I love what has been revealed in this piece. Very appropriate title as well. Your careful additions totally enhance this lovely buried treasure. 🙂

  3. Terry permalink
    July 14, 2010 10:33 pm

    Hi Martha. I’m relatively new to your blog and I just wanted to say how much I enjoy it and look forward to it each day. I only wish my studio and kitchen were beside each other like yours instead of a flight of stairs apart. Because I’m a “newby” to your site could you please tell me a bit about the history of your Haiku works. I would also like to know a bit about how you frame your collages. I haven’t seen a framed one. Thanks so much for posting such an interesting site and being so willing to share your life with your fellow artists.

    • July 15, 2010 10:53 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Terry. I’m delighted you find my blog interesting in enjoyable.

      I came up with the title Haiku because of the idea of simplicity, spontaneity, and uniformity of size and shape, as the paintings are all 8 x 8-inch squares. However, my series titles change from time to time, even though the styles or themes don’t change that much and work well together.

      The Haiku series is sold at Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa, Florida and Key West Art Bar in Key West. If you do a search on my blog for “Haiku” you will see many posts showing works in various stages of progress.

      And for the framing of my collages, I haven’t exhibited them anywhere! I sell a few on my Etsy shop but to date haven’t decided to show them in a gallery setting. But I have written a couple of blog posts about framing works on paper. They are here:

      Hope you enjoy these links!

  4. July 30, 2010 9:24 am

    this is such a perfect balance of color and size and ‘weight’. it feels so ethereal!

    • July 30, 2010 9:44 am

      Thanks Paula! I try to achieve a little of what you do with your found materials. This little experiment has encouraged me to do more of these buried papers for collage.

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