At The Intersection-Collages of Nature, Science and Spirit
Although I use paper in my work, both painted and printed, I am really not a "mixed media" type of person. Lots of different materials and processes don't entice me. But, I did want to try some new things. With the below pieces, I utilized a new-to-me material, transparent deli paper wrap. It can be printed or written on and then glued over other things for a very interesting and subtle effect. I also wanted to combine my own photos with images that are from the public domain. Additionally, I used some of my own writing as well as that of other people (public domain) to support some of the ideas. I wanted nature (people and other creatures) and science inspired images mixed together to produce a kind of nostalgic and numinous quality. A tall order to be sure but a worthy goal. And as usual, I leave it up to the viewer to decide just what is going on. A little mystery never hurt anyone!
Kith and Kin:
Places and People
For the following collages, I was inspired by the idea of kith and kin. As I understand it, the word kith can refer to an intimacy that you have of a certain place. Perhaps the idea of a place: landmarks, contours of the landscape, memories and an overall feeling. It's possibly how we remember a place in a nostalgic sort of way or are related to that place and every living creature it contains. Kin of course is your family; your tribe. The may be who you are genetically related to but may also be those who are simply "your family." Both words help us to see how we are all connected. I chose images from my own personal photos as well as related ephemera to support those photos. I am hoping for a cohesive image of related items that tell a story of people and places and feelings.
Early work 2023
Are You Friends on Facebook?
analog collage on matboard
16" x 20"
The post discussing the idea behind the piece is right here.
Suffice to say I have some thoughts about social media and the harm
it can cause.
Cisco or Bust
20" x 16"
analog collage on mat board
A piece based on the movie Thelma and Louise. I wondered if a person could ever be past the point of redemption; if there could once again be a clear future. Plus, the girls stuffed into that car reminded me of clowns at a circus. P.S. That cliff scene was filmed in Cisco, Utah, hence the title.