Monday, October 12, 2015

Thanksgiving Collages

Acrylic collage paintings on archival paper 7.5 x 11 inches. The paintings feel much different and are done differently than the collages. When I start a work one of the first questions is 'should this be a collage or a painting'. As well, sometimes there is much paint added after the pieces are glued, and sometimes there is nothing added. Those ideas are there at the start. The collages also tend to be a little smaller. One of the key beliefs in the collages is that it should be possible to create all that is necessary through the interaction of 5-10 colours and shapes. So it follows that there should be no extras in the work...only essentials. Both the collage and painting processes allow and encourage both adding and subtracting. The final arrangement can be discovered either through putting on, or taking away.

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