An accidental exercise in décollage.
I had this collage hanging around that I just hated. It was one of the first things I ever tried to do. It was a bunch of crap stuck to a painted, gessoed masonite board. During my BIG CLEAN - 2008, which is ongoing - I decided I couldn't look at the damn thing anymore and I was about to trash it, when I thought I should try to salvage the masonite at least. So I began ripping, scraping, and tearing at the stuff, trying to get it off the board. It was hard work! I must say, I had a very keen grasp of the importance of good adhesive products early on in my work!
Well, the bigger the mess I made of this board, the more I started to really like it!!! Gone were the fake leaves, letter tiles, and the placed-just-so paper cut-outs - what remained was a wonderful mess of color and texture! I ran into the studio and immediately began dabbing on more paint here, a little crayon there until I had something I really could love!
I give you, Sea Foam and Rust. My first real foray into the world of décollage and abstract art.