Collage: Read Between the Lines
This is a new collage using some of my hand painted papers. This is brown paper, some that had been crumpled and used as padding inside a shipping box of art supplies. I don’t throw anything away, if it looks usable. I love all kinds of papers, and see potential art materials in all kinds of scraps. We have had a few discussions in the past, mostly in the comments section of this blog, about archivability of collage materials. My view is that these found papers are not to be considered archival. It is the nature of collage to use found objects and materials in the making of it.
And speaking of found papers, I have a new batch of papers weathering out in a little fenced-in area of my garden. For a while, I had them buried under leaves and pine needles. But last week, I pulled them out and put them on top of the ground. Since we’ve had such a wet spring, I want them to have a chance to be exposed to the air and the sun for a while too. These papers are made up of a variety of torn-up paintings, sample stock from a discarded sample booklet, maps, and magazine pages. Here they are behind the potato plants:
It’s wet here and still raining. I think you can tell from this picture that it was taken in the rain.
And here is my washed-out garden. My smallest tomato plants (not shown well here) took a beating and will have to be replaced. I haven’t finished the job of putting all this mulch back in the garden area, since I’ve been rained out again.
Hmmmm. Rained out. Stuck in the house. Whatever will I do? (Read between the lines.)