Making Sense in an Art Mess

Even with my new studio space I’ve still been experimenting, creating, working, and pretty much making a huge art mess in my home “studio” space…AKA the dining room. Thanks to a tip from a fellow collage artist, I’m working with a new process lately that involves heat sealing my collage elements together on mostly wood substrates. I’m also experimenting with large format pieces. A friend was kind enough to find a couple doors for this new phase of my collage work. One of the doors became an incredible table for my studio. I have so much gratitude for all of the amazing and generous artist friends in my life.  I’m also very grateful to share with you a few work in progress images of how the other door is coming along. This door is 24″ x 80″ which is truly a departure from my usual work. Moving back and forth from the tiny 4″ x 4″ creations that I’ve been putting out into the world each week for Free Art Friday NoVA and this large door collage has been an inspiring challenge. I’m happy to be able to have such a range of projects on which to work every day. And as you can see, the studio is quite a mess. It makes sense to me and allows me a certain level of nonstop freedom as I create. What about you? Do you need a mess around you to get your creative juices flowing? Or is a tidy studio space more inspiring to you?

5 thoughts on “Making Sense in an Art Mess

  1. I am working on a studio space at home. I have one at another location also. I also am a collage artist, basically. I am going to go back to painting next. But I love the wood/heat sealed approach to you collage. Thanks for sharing it. Less toxic than rubber cement?

    • Hi. I love your collages. I use acrylic gel medium as my main adhesive, and then other adhesives here and there (epoxy for large elements, binder medium as a pre-varnish sealant, etc.). I’ve never used rubber cement actually. Not sure if this method is less toxic than rubber cement. It does give me the ability to position and reposition collage elements to a certain degree, which has been crucial when working on tiny collages with very small pieces of paper to put together. The method I’m experimenting with lately is from an amazing little book by Jonathan Talbot called “Collage–A New Approach” and involves using a heat sealing iron and release paper. It has been interesting, and I really love the results so far.

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