Saturday, April 25, 2009

New work - Postcard Series

Postcard Collage #1 Venice (2009) paper, acrylic on board 4 x 6 in.

My postcard collages are moving along well. Several weeks ago I re-organized all my travel photos and as I sorted and filed images it was like a flying trip through different places. The experience left me with a bombardment of visual snippets of colours and textures. It was a synthesis that had nothing to do with the emotion or memory of the place. I found that very interesting because so much of my work revolves around the passage of time and memory. This was a much simpler visual response that I decided to act on.

This experience occurred at the same time I wrote about For Carrie 1907 and the follow up post about evolving ideas in art. This collision of ideas resulted in the postcard collage series. I am continuing to refine my original thoughts about how this series will be organized. Right now I'm creating groupings of 3 (e.g., Venice #1, #2, #3) and will display them in this way. They are on 1/4 inch birch plywood and will be backed with another piece of word on the back that is 2 x 3 inches and 1/2 inch thick which will hold the hook. I wanted them to stand out from the wall for viewing purposes and I also needed some consistent way to hang them evenly as they will be displayed in grids. I plan to create a jig (living with a carpenter) to ensure they are all backed and hooked exactly the same.

I'm also creating a series of postcard collages from the gardens at Birr Castle, just ot keep my mind on that project as I take this little detour from my usual work. I want to stop thinking about what I'm creating and just create. I feel the sheer joy I watched on childrens' faces for years - I'm having fun!

7 comments:

Miki Willa said...

Wow! This is wonderful. I love the colors and textures. Where do you find the papers and other bits you use for you collages? I have just begun creating collages, and I find it very difficult to create what I want with the limited supplies I have. I have begun gathering materials to make some paper when the weather allows, but until then, I seem to be stuck.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

The joy of creating. What it is all about. I love collage for that quality.

Margaret Ryall said...

Miki,
I order papers online or pick them up in my travels. There are many online sites from the US. One is Phoenix and another is http://www.paperarts.com/. This is my favourite one because she has lots of stock and gives great service.

Miki Willa said...

Thank you, Margaret. I will definitely look at those sites.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I like your updated photo Margaret. Lovely smile.

Margaret Ryall said...

Thank you Leslie. I have lots to smile about in my life. I call this one my glamour shot. Needless to say I do not look like this in the studio or first thing in the morning or most days! I guess the smile is the only constant.

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