Explaining my art: Still life collages

Artist statements are hard for me. Too abstract and too general, and I always end up feeling like I am stating the obvious instead of being deep and significant. It is hard to say something that seems deep and significant when a lot of my art begins with a whim. Something catches my eye, and I have a brief fanciful thought for what might that look like in a piece of art.

I will do one as an experiment.

The next thing you know I have done eight or nine more artworks from this brief encounter with an idea.

This is hoSL5w the still life collages came to be. The original image was an etching I had done eons ago in college. On a whim I decided to do a collage based on this old etching. I wanted to turn collage on its side so to speak. Most collages are a kind of abstract. I wanted to see what would happen to use paper to create a recognizable image. I did have in the back of my mind the works of the French Fauvists and Les Nabis; interiors and still life works. I have always admired their colors and the ability to take what I normally find to be a rather boring subject and make them interesting.

I do find still life and interiors boring, at least when I have done them in the past.  Maybe it was that when being trained as an artist that is how you started and the goal was to reproduce appearances and when I was younger that did not appeal to me at all. (Still doesn’t really.) But these collage still life pieces I was doing became a way to explore pattern and color; way to deal with abstraction while at the same time have  elements that the average person could recognize.


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