MA Fine Art 2020
In this series of Collages, my methodology applies various collage techniques such as Decoupage and ideas of Affiches Laceres with mixed media. I compose my collages using studio scraps, monoprints, and other found materials cut or torn into smaller pieces. Recently, I have been using cut outs from publications, experimenting with ready at hand materials such as organic clippings from garden magazines. I feel this brings a sense of tension and a slight representational element against the other materials.
The handwritten vellum cuttings are excerpts from my grandmother’s journal. Visually, the writings come across as more abstract rather than representational, even though having pieces of her knit within the collage is very meaningful to me. The large, abstract oil paintings are a larger translation of the smaller collage pieces.
Reflecting on my process, I have treated the collages as a still life, playing with the notion of scale and challenging the viewer to question the relationship of the collage to the larger painting for my final MA exhibition.
Not only does the title of my exhibition “Transitions” apply to the transition and translation between collage and the larger works, it is also a reflection of my first year as a mother- providing a glimpse of my time which is constantly shifting, and how that has influenced my practice.