Friday, March 2, 2012

214 - Janice Mcdonald - USA

OM.2012.079- Janice Mcdonald - Mischief - collage

Artist Statement

I still remember the first collage I ever made, a second grade assignment. I was enchanted by the hunt for materials and the idea of rearranging reality to suit my own sensibilities.
These days my collages are abstract -- created with fragments of paper and recycled imagery collected from my daily life and wanderings. I'm especially intrigued with the often-overlooked backgrounds and negative spaces in everyday printed materials.
The softness of ripped elements lends a painterly feeling -- any straight lines are a function of the image I've selected or a paper's edge. Compositions are not planned in advance but grow/change/evolve over time.
Collage-making has become a very contemplative practice for me. The process of deconstructing images and then re-integrating many pieces, to create something completely new, is an intuitive and ongoing visual experiment.
I love the elegance and freedom of the collage medium and am continually inspired and fascinated by the variety of work that is being produced. Happy hundred years of collage!

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