motherwell inspired collage series

this collage series was inspired by the collages of artist robert motherwell. i was actually looking into the works of his wife, the artist helen frankenthaler, when i came across robert’s collages. we all know that really good collage can often look haphazard and almost accidental, and yet it is often exactingly assembled. and even though i know this in my heart of hearts, i still fell for the illusion of simplicity in motherwell’s early collages. i thought o myself ‘i want to try my hand at this’. well, let me tell you, these collages in this series we’re anything but casual and haphazard.

i will have to return to helen’s color staining of unprimed canvases for inspiration at another time.

STILL collage project 2017 | Week 19 (mary jo hoffman)

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vellum cut-outs collage series

i had a notion of making some collages that looked like patch-worked quilt using transparent papers. when my vellum paper showed up, the colors were so citrusy and tropical that they didn’t fit my original idea. so, as the expression goes…when life give you lemons, make lemonade.

STILL collage project 2017 | Week 18 (mary jo hoffman)

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primary colors collage series

this weekly collage challenge was intended to be a place of experimentation and play. as i was brand new to collage, i could argue it has all been experimentation. and yet, as i look back over the past many weeks i see that although i may be playing with shape and form, i have been keeping with my preferred palette of secondary and tertiary colors. so, this week i challenged myself to use the three primary colors and back. influences from matisse, mondrian, and calder are easily identifiable.

STILL collage project 2017 | Week 17 (mary jo hoffman)

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this collage series was inspired by the landscapes of rural southern france.

STILL collage project 2017 | Week 16 (mary jo hoffman)

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this collage series was inspired by the geometric shapes i associate with mid-century design.

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