In our most recent session of collage making with Michelle Wilson at UC Berkeley Extension, we learned to make a simple accordion book to use as a substrate for a collage. I decided to combine collage and paint across the entire eight span of pages. My goals were to explore using images as texture and as a way to add complexity to an overall image.
I started by gluing assorted black and white or other neutral papers across the entire surface. After the pages dried, I applied a couple layers of gesso with a brayer both to tone it all down, and to add texture. I added some torn pages from a magazine showing a woman wearing sunglasses. Stepping back at the resulting shapes, I decided to add layers of watercolor, acrylic and black Noodler’s Bulletproof ink to create a mountainous landscape.
Most of these papers are from a stash collected over the past couple years, the recognizable is a tattered Dürer print that I saved after using it for inspiration in a drawing class. Strangely, I’ve noticed that papers and images used in my collages, all seem to take on deep personal meaning as the collages come together. I say strangely, because the papers were selected randomly or chosen for value (meaning relative lightness or darkness) rather than content. And yet, it does mean something and expresses a search for meaning and solace in spiritual connection. In the days following the senseless shooting down of a passenger flight, nothing makes sense. How can people minding their own business and going about their lives, and suddenly be gone? How can I glue paper together when my heart is full of grief?
3 thoughts on “Why Collage?”
You are having SO MUCH FUN! You go girl.
Yes! Loving the spontaneity of working with collage materials. Just checked the syllabus to see what’s next. Incorporating paint/painting is next on the agenda, so I guess I was ahead of the game with adding paint. This is definitely something I’d like to continue exploring.
Your collage and narrative are appreciated…beauty is what we need in the world to counteract all the devastation