Paper Mosaic Portraits - Junk Mail Collages
Abstracts - Paintings
UPCYCLED PAPER MOSAIC/COLLAGE WORK:
These works begin as an acrylic painting on canvas [in most cases]. Incredibly laborious,
each piece of paper utilized is hand cut at least four times. I use analog methods, my tools are an 60 year old school "guillotine" paper cutter and scissors. Paper has entered my home via the mailbox or as packaging. Instead of the landfill, it is upcycled into something entirely new. The paper itself, is inconsequential. The source of material is immaterial.
The work is seen and experienced differently from near, where the viewer investigates the seeming clutter of disparate pieces and typography, to far; where the brain consolidates the miscellanea and forms a cohesive and recognizable likeness.
Created from a huge assortment of paper sources, color, typography, weight and texture differ. They do not match on purpose, the nuances make the composition more interesting. In most cases, no element alone represents anything specific to the subject.
Drawn with pencil, marker, canvas splashed with ink, watercolor, sprayed, dripped, painted, embellished.
I create a variety of images -- fantasy flora and fauna, shapes, objects that are interesting. Paint, glue, dryer lint, sand, cleaning supplies, glitter, glass, etc. are incorporated into shape and texture studies. Linking earth with space, shape, form and line.