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Friday, June 7, 2013
I've had people ask if I'd ever tried to work with faces in this method of making art... so I decided to try some. It was fun to go back to more traditional collage compositions, combining photos and illustration. I decided to tap into my collection of cloud photos and combine those with some black and white photos of family members. The girl is my aunt as a child; since all the women in my family love wildlife, I chose to add the bird illustrations to her piece. The boy is my father-in-law as a wee lad. As an adult, he was an Explorer Scout leader and the operating engineer of an office building in the Chicago Loop, so I added the compass for scouting hikes and the pencil lines for the engineer. Both are 8"W x 10"H.
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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