Sunday, March 17, 2013

Artist and Child: Collage

Collage is the art of glueing cut shapes and images onto a page. There is something wonderful about the far reaching mess of pages spread across the floor and the physical act of sifting and sorting to find the paper treasures that attract your eye. The collage process can be an intuitive experience of addition and layering, or a conscious way of creating landscapes and figures. 

BIG Ideas: 

1. Cut images, shapes and textures out of old art, food and gardening magazines. Sometimes local newsagents will give you magazines with the covers ripped off once they are out of date. 

2. Place the shapes onto the page and play with the arrangements before sticking them down, or begin with glue and follow the trails of your own sticking. 

3. Create a self-portrait collage choosing unusual objects and textures for your head, body, arms and legs. 

"Collage makes a direct connection to the brain's readiness to associate, to form bridges between objects and spaces, times and places. But it also shatters patterns, disrupts control and breaks laws." Taken from Grit To Gold: Collaging the Abstract, Press Release, Standpoint Gallery (Thanks to Amelia Critchlow for the link x) 

Collage is a highly apt medium for portraying the human condition: multilayered, complex, vernacular, unstable.' Maurice O’Riordan, Editor, Art Monthly Australia, 2011

To Return, paper collage elements, 76 x 56cm, 2010
From Papercuts and Bloodlines. By Jacqui Stockdale
Our cover artist for Issue 2 - Treasure Maps Jacqui Stockdale works with collage to create conglomerate figures of her imagining. 

Treasure Maps is almost SOLD OUT. Purchase it now to find your way to the gold inside.

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