So, this is what I’ve been working on this week. It is another collage on hardboard with a spray paint background. Instead of using the heat sealing iron (like I did in this other collage) I just painted the entire surface with the matte medium, let it dry, and then used matte medium to glue the papers to the board. So far everything is pretty solid and seems permanent.
This is my most recent collage. It is on a piece of paper about 18 x 36 inches with text from a book on the history of surgery. Other materials I used are india ink, magazine images, and origami papers. I’m not sure if it’s completely finished. I think I need to work on her hair a little. I’d like it all to be black I think. I might also add hands and feet images.
Most of my collages and paintings are on canvas. Lately I have been including hardboard and spray paint. I like the smoothness and glossiness of the spray paint. The problem with incorporating the spray paint, matte medium (for the collage part), and the sealing iron is that it bubbles:
I’m not sure if the bubbling is because I burned the paint or if the sealing iron-matte medium-hardboard combo is too touchy.
I stumbled on Studio Break (www.studiobreak.com) through a friend on Facebook. Studio Break does interviews with artists and shows examples of their current work. The artist that caught my eye was Travis Medford. I rarely see collage that I like, so when I saw Travis Medford’s work on Studio Break I had to check it out.
Here is one of Travis Medford’s collages from his Studio Break interview:
It feels like a quieter and less frantic version of Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage
Studio Break will be valuable for me because since graduating college, I never get to collaborate with other artists or have any kind of serious critique of my work (although I am working on changing that- stay tuned). Studio Break lets me get a glimpse into how others work, their techniques, and experiences.
My latest collage is giving you a glimpse into my fun anxieties. The 8×10 canvas has a layer of decorative tissue paper for a background. Layered over that are images from mid century advertisements and medical text books. I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out. I’ve been working on simplifying my work. I tend to over-work collage. The result is usually an unfocused, boring piece.