From my childhood and teenage years, I have retained the love of gathering and gluing down pictures, patterns and texts to create meaningful images. I’ve come a long way from these early activities, but still find exciting and deeply satisfying, the handling and application of many and varied collage materials. I particularly love the texture, colour and pattern of hand made and commercial papers. Where possible, I use what is acid free or archival. In addition, collage lends itself very well to expressing concepts and feelings abstractly. When working in the abstract, I focus first on composition and design, but it’s often the collaged materials themselves that dictate how the image will evolve.
I had so much fun creating these small collages using hand painted papers on a warm white card stock ground. I like to tear or cut paper to create interesting shapes. I enjoy the contrast of pairing together torn and cut edges or placing angular and circular shapes in the same composition. Sometimes, I draw or paint in additional details, once the papers have been glued down. I also enjoy creating quirky and humorous titles for each work. These abstract images may be the inspiration for larger works in the future.
Some collages have been framed with a double, archival matte set under glass in a contemporary, black, wooden frame, and are ready to hang. SKATING ON THIN ICE #1 is an example of a framed piece. The others are presented in an 8 x 10" archival matte in neutral white and come with a foam core backing, all in a protective plastic envelope. Each work is ready to frame (8 x 10"), should you so choose.
© 2013 Barbara Ann Scott, Nanaimo BC, Canada