Several years ago, I made collages by tearing random segments out of my digitally altered prints to build up a scene. In this experiment, I'm trying to stay in the spirit of the horizontal strips of imagery that I've been doing for a couple years but tear the strips instead of cutting them. I'm pleased with how this 12" x 12" turned out, but I'm not sure I could handle doing a large piece this way! We'll see....
I've made three collages of this farm in three seasons. It's been very interesting to see how the scenes have similarities yet vary with the position I was on the road, the vegetation (or lack thereof) and the digital alterations that I make to my photo. Next up ... spring!
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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