Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: four color printed material on sturdy white stock, covered with an acrylic medium, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade, glue and prisma color sticks transform it, reproducing the effects of mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar.
Collage probably existed before the invention of paper, certainly long before the technique was thought of as artistic. Many people still view collage as a craft rather than an art, but you’ll soon see that the fine art of collage can be as formal, as challenging, and as expressive as painting.
Most collage is based on ordinary materials, such as magazines, newspapers, photos, wallpaper or fabric, used creatively. Collage has almost universal appeal to artists who constantly search for other means to add more excitement to their work and for different ways of being creative. Collage, more than any art medium, offers myriad opportunities for invention and innovation. The versatility and flexibility of collage offer infinite possibilities for the arrangement of elements, usual juxtapositions and transformation of images and meaning. The possibility of change always exists. You can add something and remove or cover up something else. Almost anything that can be readily manipulated can contribute to the visual and tactile sensuality of the collage surface. No other medium will give you such a variety of exciting alternatives. Adding the digital layers, as I have done, brings in the contemporary element of our age. As many of the images are culled from the web, the texture becomes representative of that medium and blending the traditional and new digital poses an interesting mixture for me to explore.