TAC 5X5 2014

Hello again! Sorry for the long absence. I’ve been having some technical problems with my website. I am still working out the kinks and getting used to the interface. Anyways, I wanted to post images of my entries for the 2014 5X5 show at TAC. There was so much good work this year at the fundraiser. Here are the three collages I submitted:




Lady of the Mountain



New Constellations

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Try Harder, My Dear

my dear


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.

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Collage On Paper



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.

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Experimenting With Materials


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.

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I love Studio Break

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:


Cutting-space, collage by Travis Medford

Cutting-space, collage by Travis Medford

It feels like a quieter and less frantic version of Richard Hamilton’s 1956 collage

Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? 1956 by Richard Hamilton

Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing? 1956 by Richard Hamilton


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.

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