Inspired by THE ENDS OF COLLAGE exhibition at a New York gallery, I wanted to better understand this technique, this "language." Such great artists as Picasso, Marcel DuChamp and Jean Arp were using postcards and newsprint and photographs, embellished by their own hand, making a few small shapes and colors express larger ideas. Selecting from my own original drawings, I extract a symbol or color from which to begin constructing a "societal issue" often drawn by the day's news. Sometimes a Birdcage can represent a prison as well as a home. Or Tiny Endings, a collage of drying, falling leaves can stand in for a dying industry or town. I am still struggling with a beginner's alphabet, but I feel the direction is true for me.
The collages in this gallery are from 2018. The images were all drawn and colored by hand of the artist, using primarily pastel, graphite and black ink on Arches paper, sized 18 x 8 inches.
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Smell of Bread