I'm having a show in January featuring Landscapes & Cityscapes. I only have 4 pieces completed that are NOT landscapes, so I decided I should see what photos I had or go take some. I found a series of photos I took of buildings in Livingston, Montana, and decided to work on one of the historic Murray Hotel. (You may have caught the episode of Anthony Bourdain's show a few year's ago where he
dined at the Murray with local author, Jim Harrison, and painter, Russell Chatham; the small photo is from the Travel Channel website.) I liked this view showing the fabulous sign, the bicycle parked out front, and the mountain at the end of the street. This is a 24"H x 18"W collage on cradled panel.
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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