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(collage on cardboard, 2010, 16X16)
"A la Monet, collage interpretation of the famous French artist's lily pond paintings"
As somebody who appreciates neat little details and used to prefer fluid transitions between colors I'm still surprised that I enjoy creating collages that seemingly possess neither. I initially discovered what I named "the shattered colors" collaging technique during the time in my life when doing something mindless and mechanical seemed like a good therapy for the troubled consciousness. I've been collaging since 2004, and nowadays I use it more often than traditional painting styles I grew up with. I always try utilizing materials that normally end up in a recycling bin. People rarely realize how much color greeting cards, magazines, mass mailers and gift-wrappings bring into our world. I do.
Like an obsessive crazy squirrel I collect boxes of brightly colored pieces of paper of all kinds hoping that one day I will be able to give them a second life as part of my paintings. "A la Monet" was mostly created from old paint samples. I had a ton of them from the time I couldn't decide whether blue or green tones would be more appropriate for a living room. After deciding on a color I didn't have the heart to throw the rest of them out. They were all so pretty.
Shortly thereafter, I was invited to participate in a show called "Forgeries". The concept behind the exhibit was to make artists interpret famous paintings in their own styles. I chose one of Monet's lily pond paintings for the mere purpose of securing that my blue and green paint samples would have a long and happy life. Of course, I also hope they still bring joy to the person who bought the painting….
"An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup."
"When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for a better understanding."