World Wide Blog Hop
I was kindly invited by fellow collagist and poet Keith Higginbotham to participate in the World Wide Blog Hop by answering the following four questions about my artwork. I will be announcing the additional three artist in the near future. Thank Keith!
On to the questions:
What are you working on?
Trying to keep my eyes and mind open at all times. Currently my time is spent working on a series of collages based on widely repeated cultural themes. At the moment I’m fulfilling show requests and working collaboratively with artists in the region. I continuously work on finding titles and themes for me pieces and squirrel them away to a list for future use.
How Does Your Work Differ From Others of its Genre?
I think my work stands out for the drawing element I include in the collage process. Although the analog approach is used by many other collagists, I think it characterizes my approach to collage using aged bookend paper and mid-century clippings. Collage for me is about pairing disparate elements or processes to get at something that needs to be revealed. A discovery process. I also do collages without drawing and within those collages I provide a breathing space that I think ignites the fixed elements.
Why Do you Create What You Do?
Mostly, I think it helps me to scrutinize society an examine relationships. Collage has helped me to broaden my knowledge of things as well. Making collage inspires me to research my ideas along the way.
How Does Your Creative Process Work?
Consciously, I take one of two approaches to starting a collage. I collect or realize titles or expressions as themes. I’ll seek elements that might point to that meaning or expression. Or I’ll starting thumbing through my collection of clippings, books, magazines, etc., setting aside what sticks at the moment. Then the collage process guides me. Each composition has a persona of its own much my delight or frustration.