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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i love art with horizon lines. i have a pinterest board with nothing but painted horizon lines. a quick scroll through it refreshes me in the same way that twenty minutes of meditation can. the more minimal the abstraction, the more calming the effect. culminating in Mark Rothko paintings, who for me achieved the purest expression of all.

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in this series i was inspired by matisse’s paper cut outs, in particular, the simplicity of his shapes and compositions. i wanted to work with paper cut outs and challenge myself to strive for a similar simplicity.

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in this series i was inspired by modern quilt designs. i saw something similar on pinterest, where the colored stripe was actually embroidered over a patchwork of linen squares. i made the backgrounds by crumpling bits of scrap paper and dipping them in watered down bowl of india ink. the bright stripes are simply cut up paper painted with acrylic paints and attached with uhu glue adhesive.

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