It’s official, I’m a collage/mixed media addict. There is no getting past a thrift store without scrounging around the book aisle. There is no visiting a junk/antique store without leaving filthy, loaded up with old, crusty, full of illustrations, books and magazines. There is no visiting Bienville Books without feeling like it’s crack for the collage artist. But most of all, there is no table space to be found in my house, without some type of magazine, paint, paper, glue, or work in progress sprawled out everywhere and paper clippings have become our new carpet. I am beside myself with joy and my dear, sweet hubs has begun to suggest a paper arts rehab program.
And, I must admit, that I am quite guilty of spreading my disease to my parents home, my friend’s houses, and my fellow artists bag of tricks. Yes, I am a full, fledged paper arts pimp, that finds her Facebook fanpage and kitchen table much more accommodating than the sketchy street corner. So, to be true to my craft, my disease, my “can’t look at a book or magazine the normal way, every again” mantra, I share with you here some of the products of this affliction. I do warn you though, these images may be hazardous to your health. They are known to cause one to stare, and study, and get tantalizing ideas for their own paper arts obsessions, so be fore warned.
Here are two mixed media pieces from my Rejection Letter Series. I found an old collection of letters from the early 50’s, from a writer here in Mobile, who was rejected time and time again. I am using those letters to create these vignettes, which are 4″ by 12″, in a series of 15.
I laughed all the way through this piece, “A Royal Flush”. As soon as I saw the toilet and paper I knew I had to create this. The only problem was trying to limit my ideas so it wasn’t too crowded. I may work this into a “Toilet Bowl Series”, which would be pretty hysterical but oh, what fun it would be!
My version of “The Ardithian Alice” came about thanks to my inner child. I love, love, love creating whimsical characters that tell a story and celebrating the release of Alice in Wonderland, in my own way, was tons of fun. This is 12″ by 12″, mixed media on canvas.