My process for creating a mixed media collage involves layering a canvas support with tinted and/or painted Japanese masa paper and acrylic inks or paint. I often include papers I have collected or made: newspapers from Japan used for packing items, experimental monoprints, calligraphic texts and collected souvenir tickets and receipts. My previous work as a tapestry designer/weaver informs my collage work. The horizontal and vertical structural aspects unique to the woven piece show up in my collage works as structural grids that are partial or disguised. Strong colors, geometric shapes, and textural elements become part of the surface design existing within the grid structure. By manipulating layers of paint and collage papers, I am able to reveal colors, symbols, text, contrasts of light and shadow, and abstract, geometrical shapes that become the focus of the artwork. Some surface elements appear clear and transparent; others are more disguised. My intent is to use these shapes, colors, patterns, and textures to create an artwork that evokes internal landscapes, memories, and emotions.
Country: United States
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