I'm going to be replenishing my art at Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale and am making a compact package of two 11"x14" panels with two 6"x12" panels nested inside them. "Desert Bloom" and "SMoCA Loca" (shown in earlier posts) will be going to Arizona along with these two new pieces. I went back to my previous method of cutting rectangles for the piece called "Gathered Here" with all the small cacti around the tall saguaro. Doing that made me realize how much more I prefer my year-old method of cutting strips of imagery! (I think I'm going to devote myself to that method for the foreseeable future and push that idea using wider strips for larger pieces.) This newest 6"x12" is called "Almost Ready" and my friend Bob pronounced it my best piece ever!! He said he can see it as a work 6-feet tall... hmmmmmmm.
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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