I had a lot of fun Saturday conducting a collage workshop with eight students at Knox College. I showed them some of my work from a few years ago that used only found papers and old photographs, did a demo of my technique, and then set them loose. All of the women had brought in some items they wanted to work with, and they supplemented with some of the photos and papers I'd brought along. Two seniors in the group said this was just what they needed as a break from their busy schedules; we had a fun couple of hours creating together.
Ever since a trip to western Montana in May, 2009, my artwork has had photography as its base. At first, I made several digitally altered variations of my photos (giving the images a painterly, sketchy or scratched look) and tore or cut the prints into rectangles to layer up imagery. Then one day I had the idea of running my prints through a paper shredder and building up the scene in those narrow strips of paper. I now cut the strips by hand, allowing me to vary the width and to keep the imagery organized. Sometimes I add in pieces of handmade papers, topographical maps, or fragments from old ledger books to further abstract the scene. I’m moving from a photographic documentation of a place at a particular time, to an impression of a place that is timeless ... more of a memory or a feeling of the space.
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