vintage postcard of Berlin, with collage
Lately I haven't been in a mood to paint or draw much, but rather have been having way too much fun cutting and pasting. It probably started when I read a book this winter on altered art, which led to other books about collage artists, and then on to the Griffin and Sabine trilogy. It isn't only all the reading; I'm also a life-long collector of odds and ends. When I was a child I was interested in the stamps and coins Mother collected, and I had my own collections of shells and rocks and minerals. At other times in my life I have collected other things: milk glass plates, marbles, dolls, pottery, old photos and even vintage post cards. My some of my favorite shopping has always been in thrift shops and antique stores. One of my favorite ways to spend an hour or so is at a local consignment shop called Carousel Consignment, where I can have a cup of black coffee, catch up on local news, and forage for old postcards or paper ephemera. If I'm lucky I my finds are paid for by household goods I've sold at the shop.
I've been playing around with recycled materials too. I have a series of framed pieces made with recycled styrofoam trays melted with spray fixative, and I've been making collages with recycled magazine and vintage book images on scraps of recycled mat board. All of this combined has led to my experimenting with some postcard collages. Many of the things I like come together with these, foraging, vintage imagery, words, recycling and the element of chance. I'd like to mail some out, but I'm not sure what people would make of the strange and dreamlike juxtapositions of images that are appearing on my work table lately.