My Show entitled Collage 02740 exhibited at Colo Colo Gallery on Centre Street New Bedford last year 05/12 has served as a great inspiration and starting point for my Harbor show entry. After revisiting some of the pieces from that show I definitely realized that I wanted a major part of the piece done in paper collage- as it allowed me to create depth, layers and textures along with the ability to incorporate words and quotes and phrases.
Getting into that frame of mind to see New Bedford in a fresh new light came easy after working on that show and was a joy to develop. So the next step was - what aspect of NB and its harbor did I want to depict using the versatile medium of collage? And did I want to do the entire piece in paper collage or incorporate it with paint in a mixed media piece?
Downtown New Bedford has been my home away from home for the past 8 years. I wanted to depict it in a way that expressed the sweet and sometimes bittersweet facets of the things that make this quaint and quirky part of the city what it was yesterday and is today.
This area has and continues to serves as a major source of inspiration throughout my career in the United States, at first subconsciously and now quite consciously. I am influenced greatly by its rich architecture; its prolific fishing harbor; its fascinating whaling and textile histories; its multicultural backbone and of course the rich artistic veins that pump the city with life and vitality.
I manipulate the versatile medium of collage to transform my works into mesmerizing shifts in color, value and dimension by incorporating a wide variety of cut and torn papers to my palette. Each collage forms a bridge across time and culture to express my artistic vision and narrative about this unique city.
See what I finally decided on my next Blog.