“It is a test [that] genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” — T. S. Eliot, from the essay “Dante.”
Visual art is like poetry in the sense that it can affect us deeply without being completely understood. Sometimes the emotion or mood it creates is more important than intellectual unserstanding. Such is the case with this layered mixed media piece, Expansion of Dreams. As I put down a layer of colored magazine pages, I realized it was boring because there was no subtlety. There was nothing for the viewer to ponder, to pull them in and invite them to look more closely. So I covered it with two or three layers of vintage ephemera, but that still didn’t seem right. Tearing off some of the collaged papers, a process called decollage, I could reveal hints and glimpses of what was underneath. This allows the viewer to mentally fill in the rest, becoming a sort of ‘co-creator.’ As an artist, it’s sometimes necessary to reveal personal things, because that’s what makes our work authentic and relatable. So I put more layers on, and tore parts of them off, adding and subtracting layers of paper until it felt right. I finished it off with some image transfers of antique astronomical diagrams, and then finally some cut out images of planets. I can’t really tell you, in words, what this piece means; I speak more clearly with images.
This layered mixed media collage is made with several layers of torn vintage paper and book pages, giving it a soft “atmospheric” look. The shades of pale turquiose, gray, and yellow would blend well with almost any decor. Expansion of Dreams is 6 x 6 inches square, and would look great matted with a simple frame. Add this beautiful piece of original art to your home today!