OM.2011.201 - Karlyn Atkinson Berg - “Lace Totem” - Collage on paper
I do not have a rigid or predetermined structure for the creation of a piece. A single color or shape or image may spark an entire composition. As I sort and work with materials, some will seem to connect individually or in groups creating an interaction in color, space and form. Each added element will build on the previous one by changing, adding, or even eliminating the other components. Knowing what to remove becomes as important as knowing what to add to the work. Whole sections may be chopped up and reassembled or even moved to another work. As the painting unfolds, images change. Realistic objects may no longer be recognizable on their own and will become only an element in the larger sensibility or visual impression. The intention of the work is a visual experience and, like the words of a poem or song, should leave you with an image and emotion.