Do you stand before a work of art, wonder about it and say, “ How did the artist do that?”. Even artists stand before the work of other artists, puzzle over it and say, “How did they do that?”
Every artist has their own method of creating a work of art and I would like to share mine with you. Shells and water have played a huge part in my perception of the subjects that I create. Although my work has a definite structure, I do work intuitively to create my collages. Keep all this in mind as I describe the process of production.
My collage system developed when I could not bear the thought of throwing out unsuccessful sumi-e ink drawings of shells. see : 2014 Shell Essence My question was, “What do I do with them?”. My answer was, “Re-use them.” I chose to keep the good parts. Instead of tearing them out, I decided to cut them out instead. The best lines were selected. Even while in the process of cutting out the lines, I was not sure about how I would use them. Along the way, I discovered that some of negative shapes were just as interesting. I saved them, too. So in the end, I had a pile of lines and a pile of shapes. From this point forward over the last few years, the process has expanded in an organic way to include a number of steps. The above was the very first step and then became the first step in the process of my collage creating.
Once all the linear and negative shapes are sorted, colored, pressed, and then organized and maybe organized again, it is time to start composing. I prefer to create several collages at a time working back and forth between them.
TO BE CONTINUED in Part Two which will be announced in the 2016 Autumn Newsletter.