Look into the Abyss
Art Comes Through Us
Tearing into the Process
For instance, when I do collages, I often start by going through magazine images and tearing out the colors and/or shapes that make some sort of sense. I feel that simple process of tearing paper up moves me into the project. After that, I will pick up a piece of paper that grabs my attention and see if it wants to sit anywhere on the working sheet. If it does, I glue it down. Sometimes a color calls out to get positioned. Sometimes a shape does. Many times the next piece is sitting beside a piece already positioned, just waiting to be seen. Sometimes, it wants to go “over there”. Lots of times, when it asks to be placed “over there,” I look at the work carefully. I wonder. Specifically, I marvel at how on earth it is ever going to become something other than a disparate collection of magazine scraps! Yet, I keep going, gluing down pieces because they resonate in that space. Until I notice that it is done. That’s sort of how the process tears through. How it works for me.
Embracing the Abyss in Your World
Are you ready to try a magazine collage? All you need are magazines (or even one!), paper (heavier is better than lighter), glue; but scissrs and a straight edge (ruler) are optional tools. Add some time—real time to relax and play. And see what happens. See what tears your make, or which cuts and scraps speak to you.
You may be surprised. — Judy Tollefson
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