I was fortunate enough to have my collage, RARE, selected for the 2020 Joburg Fringe. It continues to be one of my most popular pieces. Subsequently, several of my collages, including DOG-FACED BOY WATCHDOG and LADY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE were exhibited at the 2020 Turbine Art Fair PAPER EXHIBIT. Since then, my work has continued to evolve and I am proud to show you some of my newest works.
I love the process of analog collage-making. It is an ongoing process of losing self-consciousness in order to listen for the art in me that is waiting to become visible.
For me, collaging is process of discipline, craft and mystery. Flipping through magazines and old books, I turn a page and instantly an image speaks to me. I know I have to use it as a basis for a new collage. I am constantly challenging myself to avoid the obvious. Being patient and letting the work come into being on its own is key. Forcing a piece always leads to disaster
Strongly influenced by the Dadaists, I incorporate chance in my work whenever possible. My best compositions are aided by the Dada Spirit when I accidentally bump a not-yet-glued composition creating a finer arrangement than I had ever planned. One of the most exciting discoveries when turning over a scrap is finding what was hiding on the flipside!
The aim of my work is twofold: primarily I want to activate the viewer’s imagination when they view my collages but I am also a storyteller in some of my pieces such a DOG-FACED BOY WATCHDOG and LISTENING FOR LOVE. I hope the viewer walks away with a slightly new way of looking at the world.
I have been creative all my life. From my very first box of crayons, I was excited by all those beautiful colours and thrilled by the possibilities they represented.
I gained a strong visual sensibility from my family who included florists, a successful commercial artist and portraitist as well as an interior decorator. As I age, I only now realize just how deeply all this visual knowledge has been buried deep in my psyche and how it has influenced so many of my life choices.
While fumbling my way through my first year of university, I wandered into an Intro to Art History course and knew instantly what I wanted to study. Seven years later, I had both a BA and MA in Art History. Studying visual art for that long never leaves one. I have developed a strong sense of colour, design and spatial relations and a lifelong love of art and design.
One of the ways I made my living was working in film and television for 30 years, the most complex of the visual arts, working in various roles from the more creative ones like Location Scouting and the Art Department to the highly analytical, financial and logistical role of Producer and Production Manager.
Now, it is time for me to garner a lifetime of experience and translate it onto the page in my artwork…..and, I still keep a box of crayons nearby!
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