Portrait Of A Circle In A Square, 10 x 8 in, paper and paint on wood panel, 2017
My collage practice is cutting photographic images, found and painted paper into abstract forms, arranging hypothetical compositions that are both disorienting and familiar, as a dream. When selecting materials I look for paper that is durable, archival, rare and with personal meaning, such as paper from piano rolls, which once belonged to my great grandmother. The photographs I use are found in books with high quality printing, originally shot with film. There is a dense amount of information in the images, and I play with qualities of focus, detail, colour and texture. I paint my own paper and wood surface for greater control of palette, and focus on surreal and abstract compositions. Abstract collage provides the viewer with the opportunity to interact and experience more than one view, dimension or narrative. In my collage I aim to create potential over conclusion.