Some of the reasons I love doing Collages are:
- The tactile quality of tearing and cutting paper in different shapes and sizes.
- The piecing together of these bits and pieces of papers.
- The Arranging and re-arranging to form interesting imagery.
- The matching and re-matching of hues, values and intensities of color.
- And, the attaching of these well thought-out areas onto the base with adhesives to create finished paper collages.
When I began working in this medium my paper collection was quite limited to magazine papers alone (which I love because of the wide range in tonal qualities). However as I develop my collage techniques I keep adding to my paper palette a variety of papers, including: matte colored construction papers, glossy papers, brightly printed sheets, wall paper, wrapping paper and foils. I have also begun altering the surfaces of these papers and other collage elements in a variety of ways such as adding painted areas, texturizing and distressing the paper to roughen and interrupt the flat planes etc etc.
I consider the art of collage as "Painting with Paper" and therefore as a painter it excites me tremendously to be able to paint using a different medium and technique where the properties become complex in a whole new way.
Stay tuned to see my current step by step collage workings in the studio.