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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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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