Collages and mosaics are a lot like designing a puzzle and fitting the pieces together to ultimately reflect a defined artwork. I am fascinated by creating, resolving and studying patterns and visual sequences and enjoy connecting the dots and the overall process of discovery of a concept, design or other puzzle.
An iconic artist in this visual arena is Escher. I will be studying his artwork and plan to read the classic, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, on this subject.
Most of my mosaics and collages have had a schematic design established a priori, while the selection of the pieces that combine to weave the artwork, have been drawn more randomly from cuttings of prior artworks, papers, glass…
One of my first collages is one of my favorites and was done prior to my undergraduate college years.
This mosaic was done as a geometric abstract composition with stained glass.
Mosaic, 18 in x 24 in, Glass, 2005
The following collages are also geometric abstract artworks that include a variety of colored papers and selections taken from other watercolor artworks.
Collage, Watercolor Collage, 4 in x 6 in, 2004
Wheel within a Wheel 95, Watercolor Collage, 38 in x 27 in, 2013
The process of collage work and the artworks that were ultimately made in this manner make me think of quilt making and textile design as well. At another time, I will write about the dye and silk painting I have done in my studio.