Abstraction is not meant to be understood through the lens of the visual world; like poetry, it's meant to be filtered through the mind and felt in the heart.
I surrender part of my sleep by getting up very early so I can enjoy the quiet of my home. I make a cup of coffee, light a candle and sit. This series is a reflection of those morning meditations.
One of my favorite substrates is paper. I love the way it receives charcoal, paint and other mediums. And there's a freedom to working on paper, perhaps because it's not as precious as linen, cotton or board.
The Vignette Series are short stories told in paper. They range from serious, humorous to erotic. Elements of image, color and shape act as the stories adjectives.
The title of each collage is a gateway of sorts to its meaning; it is up to you to finish it.
Discarded items, reclaimed, re-purposed and presented anew. Each piece in this series is made from studio leftovers, an attempt at creative recycling.
I start each session by making a mark on a chalk board with a calligraphy brush dipped in water. This mark will disappear, a subtle reminder not to take myself too seriously.
Photo credits: Gail Mancuso