Tuesday, March 1, 2011
"All and Many Treasures"
"All and Many Treasures" ●
I was in San Francisco a few months ago, and got to see a terrific exhibit of art work done by an amazing collage artist. The works were on 20 x 20" canvases, each piece in the series contained anywhere from 10 to 20 small collages created directly on the canvas, creating many small vignettes within each canvas. The artist used layers of papers and medium and color to create depth and dimension.
I loved the work, and I wanted to try my hand at it, only I wanted to use 3 dimensional objects, since I work primarily in assemblage. This is what I came up with.
I took the lid of a wooden box (approximately 8" x 10" x 1") and I 16 wooden blocks ( 2 x 2 x ½” each). I covered the lid with hand made paper, and then I collaged each of the 16 blocks with various magazine images, vintage sheet music, maps, etc.
I then embellished each block with a treasured memento, or a special keepsake. Each one creates a tiny vignette, telling a story of a time spent with friends, a trip to far away places, or a long lost love. (click on image to enlarge)