I thought I’d give those of you who cannot get to Denver to see my current exhibit at Artwork Network a little tour of the show. I’ll mention several pieces in the exhibit.
On exhibit are collages combining my monotypes, collagraphs, photographs, and found paper. The collages are non-objective; the emphasis is on the relationship of line, color, shape and texture.
Here are a few.
My photographs generally feature people and places close to home or far away. I celebrate people and the world in which they live, trying to capture that special moment which made me pause to take a second look.
Looking down can often be rewarding. My “Underfoot” series of photos started when I had my head down and noticed the interesting abstract pattern of street and sidewalk marks made by construction workers. We seldom pay attention to such marks but they resonated with me and I began to photograph them wherever I traveled.
I am always open to new ways to express myself as an artist. Combining my prints (re-purposed etchings, monotypes, collagraphs) with found paper to create collages took my work in a different direction. Cutting up and adding the “Underfoot” photos seemed like a logical next step. Their abstract quality echoes that of the other elements in the collage.
Sometimes I assemble the collage on painted paper. The acrylic painting weaves its way in and around the collage. Negative space and positive space play games with one another. The group of collages called “Springtime Suite” is very energetic with directional movement tightly controlled across or up and down. Inspiration came from a visit to the Dallas Arboretum when it was ablaze with color.
(#1265) Springtime Suite, acrylic painting w. collage, 30×22, 2012
I love to travel and have a large collection of paper maps. Remember those? Why not use them in my collages? Instead of cutting up the actual maps I photographed them, enlarged segments in the computer and printed them out. I cut them up and they became part of the collage series “Have Map Will Travel.”
(#1267) Have Map Will Travel 2, collage, 22×30, 2013
(#1272) Have Map Will Travel 4, collage, 30×22, 2012
(#1273) Have Map Will Travel 5, collage, 30×22, 2012
Who knows what new elements will work their way into my collages? Or what new series the collages will lead to. Stay tuned!
P.S. The exhibit runs through November 29.