Once more, collage on the bus back to Canberra from Sydney. Words by Claudia McGill https://claudiamcgill.wordpress.com/2019/03/28/put-pen-to-paper-marathon-2019-week-12/, the last poem “I don’t like strangers, each one is too much of a fresh start, I no longer have the heart for. ”
I have been looking at some interesting art lately, which has revved me up to get out and make something. Collage is my go to for quick work that encourages me to bang something out without thinking too much about it.
I try to follow the principle of not stopping at making one collage, or only one of anything, when I am exploring new ideas. I managed three collages before I ran out of time to complete anymore.
Using paint to isolate the images was inspired by seeing some of the 19th century photographs from the collection of the Australian Museum, currently on display in Sydney. Many of the images on the photographs have white paint surrounding them. This was to facilitate focussing on the specimen. If you look at the final image you can see how some of this paint has deteriorated over time, resulting in some very artistic marks.
I was undecided about painting around these last collages. But I probably should to at least unify it with the other two works.
OK, I took my own advice.
Finally, here is a photo of the back cover of the catalogue for the exhibition Capturing Nature. It’s well worth a visit if you are in the area.
No in flight entertainment available on your service! The gasps were audible. Kiddies had colouring in books, but what about the adults? Charades in the cabin? Pin the tail on the trolley?
Thankfully the in flight magazine provided suitable fodder for anothercollage at cruising altitude.
Without the internet I am unlikely to have ever found Claudia McGill’s Haiku 365.
Everyone I asked
said it was an ugly thing
and handed it back.
Together it sits here with my watercolour and paste up work about demolition and rebuilding in the Woden town centre near my home.
Hi, long time no see. I’ve been away in Singapore (more of that another time) and of course came down with the dreaded lurgy only days after returning home. So I am slowly catching up as my recovery allows.
One thing I have been looking forward to showing you is what I got up to on my return flight from Singapore to Oz. Not particularly long-haul as flights go, but with enough time to want to fill it in with something. Thankfully I remembered Nina Katchadourian’s wonderful work ‘Seat Assignment’, where she uses any means possible to create art while travelling by plane.
Checking my resources I discovered I had plenty of printed material, airline magazines, a freebie copy of Readers Digest Asian edition and thankfully a glue stick in the pocket of my day pack. No scissors of course. But I did have some inspiration – a set of room notes from the Ancient Religions room of the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore.
So here it is:
Just letting you know that I have added a new page to my website where you can see some of my collage and book interventions.
You can find it here.
The Pangolins of Tokyo, 2017
While I was in Japan last year I took to collage as a fast way to get new ideas out and into the world.
Image from ‘The Beauty Series’
I’d dabbled a bit with this approach, earlier in 2016, combining simple collages and watercolours in a concertina book.
World Watercolor Month, watercolour and collage
The latest manifestation, an ‘altered’ book, has come into existence during the masterclass I participated in last week. I think it was apt when someone commented that my book was not so much ‘altered’ as ‘interfered with’.
An early entry in my ‘Travel Diary’