A woman I know asked if I could make a piece from a photo she'd taken in the Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs. We decided to crop the image and make a 12"H x 24"W collage. I made several digital alterations of her photo, cut those into quarter inch strips and added some 1800s-era topo map fragments and art papers as I built up the layers. I enjoyed working on the image of a place I'd visited a number of times myself, and she was thrilled with the end result.
Here's how it looks after the first layer of papers has been adhered. Kinda striped in nature, but the 2nd and 3rd layers take care of that. Close up shows the topo map and solid art papers.
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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