collage series inspired by pierre soulages

this collage series was entirely inspired by french painter pierre soualge. in fall 2016, i visited his museum in rodez, france. his black on black paintings, part of his outrenoir (beyond black) series, tapped into something deep within me. and i haven’t stopped thinking about them since that visit. this series, is my first homage to m. soulage, and will certainly not be my last.

this series is made solely with black paint, mixed with different gel mediums to create different finishes from matte to gloss.

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this collage series was entirely inspired by the journal pages of north carolina based artist eva magill-oliver. i liked her vibrant use of color and her organic shapes that seem to insist on bursting from the edges of her journal pages. i took those two concepts as my only two design objectives, and then started painting and cutting candidate compositional elements. this was the result.

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a series of collages using found paper ephemera cut into simple circular and rectangular shapes. I played with the pieces until i achieved what felt like a balanced composition. although i had not intended it initially, i was pleased with the resulting lunar (or planetary) feeling that resulted.

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i made this collage series while i was living in a rented house in southern france. i had only a limited amount of art materials available to me, so i went into the pantry looking for packaging bits to work with. i found inspiration in the typography used on the cereal boxes, tea boxes, and bread bags.

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I love the calming effect of works limited to a single tonal color. Multiple layers add texture and depth. The strong horizontal and vertical lines add energy and perhaps suggest a patchwork quilt or a heavily patched pair of jeans.

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