I’ve worked on collage techniques for quite awhile but in general my compositions have been random, emerging as I glued pieces down rather than coming from a pre-determined organization. Some collages develop over long periods of time as I find new bits to include or try new materials.
So, to further my research into collage expression, I decided to experiment with something a little more structured. I wanted to see how limiting myself with geometric or regular sized pieces might affect/direct/inform the compositions.
I like geometric regularity and pattern and sometimes feel my collages are adrift without rules or framework. I thought it would be interesting to impose a few rules on the collage and see what emerged.— I tried squares, rectangles, and triangles.
Putting them together was like assembling a jigsaw puzzle; trying to get the colours and textures right. The early ones are really all about colour and shape. The later ones were driven by personal narrative as well as composition.