Over the past 6 months I have experimented with many collage in my paintings.
Firstly I went up to my attic and gathered a large number of figurative paintings that I considered to be not quite resolved. I discovered that in using collage exciting things happened to the work. It introduced a new element which when applied spontaneously helped to resolve the painting. I used old paintings and drawings and learnt that a life drawing that maybe doesn’t quite work, when torn up, reveals some great dynamic marks. I also discovered that when tearing some collage off the painting the residue marks left could be incredibly beautiful.
Collage is a great way of recycling old paintings and drawings and giving them a new life.
Often we just throw away things without seeing the inherent beauty that is within.
This could include a scrap of paper or an old gnarled piece of wood with layers of paint on its surface. Using collage, I find, is akin to playing. You make a mess and you get your hands sticky and wet and you get totally immersed and absorbed in the process of discovery. Collage has so much to offer in art.