Three dimensional paper collage

Everyone has their own version of normal

‘Everyone has their own version of normal’, 3 dimensional paper collage. 16cm x 18cm x 12cm.
The shadows created by having two light sources plus the blurry background compared to the sharper foreground when photographed, brought this paper sculpture to life. Working with depth as well as width and height felt like designing a stage set – your eyes want to wander THROUGH the landscape instead of around. Playing with false vanishing points at different depths (the two buildings that look like they are on angles but aren’t really) adds to that visual confusion of a surrealist approach.

This one isn’t intended to have a story and isn’t part of my upcoming online workshop – just playing.

Facebook Event Page for Online Workshop June 6 – July 17

Narrative Thinking Through Collage

Hi everyone, just letting you know I have set up a Facebook Event Page for my upcoming online workshop.
I have been working on this project in my spare time over the last year, and I am really excited to show others what I have spent so much time and effort (and passion) developing!
Over 8 sessions and almost 3 hours, I teach how to tell a visual story using multiple paper collage techniques, so it is a conceptual as well as technical approach. You don’t need to know anything at all about art, only paper, scissors and glue (and maybe a little paint) is needed, and it will be really fun. Since it is online, you can do it from where-ever you are, and I will be available for support and feedback via email throughout.
Also, I have included a door prize – a giclee print of SUMMER SLEEPS, my painting on wood 12″ x 16″ which everyone who registers has the chance to win.
Here is the link for the Facebook Page of the event for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/492503547585564/ and this is where you register if you are interested www.artfulgathering.com

If you know anyone who might be interested, could you please send them the Link to the Facebook event page? Hope to see you there!

Announcement!

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I will be running an online workshop from June 6th to July 17th at the Artful Gathering online art retreat.

My workshop title is ‘Narrative thinking through collage’ in which I will demonstrate multiple paper collage techniques as well as how to tell a visual story. I will be available for feedback via email for the duration of the workshop.

I have been working on this project since July 2014, so I am really excited to share it with everyone!

Registration is at the Artful Gathering website: www.artfulgathering.com

Be Afraid & Consume

Be Afraid

This is a 3d paper collage postcard I created for the Royal Collage of Arts Secret Postcard Exhibition which showed during Art Dubai last week.

My online shop selling art prints is now open!

I have just finished setting up my online shop ‘The Curious Cow’ on Etsy, which sells a selection of my work as archival quality art prints. Check it out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCuriousCow

The Curious Cow

‘The joy of Gina – let them eat coal’ in progress

gina-in-progress-5Detail

Dots, dots, dots, swipe, swipe, dots….

Thank you.

Wow… I just found out I made to the second selection phase of the 9th ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE… I feel like a kid playing pass the parcel when the music stops and gets to unwrap a layer…

I would just like to say a massive thank you to all of you out there in web-world who, with a ‘click’ here and a ‘like’ there have given me the silent encouragement to keep on creating…

‘MAN’ by Steve Cutts

The animated short known as MAN is a darkly comic, disturbing view of our species who wreaks havoc on other species and on nature itself.

MAN is a parable of a man in conflict with the world at large, seeking power over rather than unity with it. MAN offers a biting commentary on this male character’s destructive and violent pathos. MAN shows a human being at his worst, creating vast suffering for animals at every turn.

And in the end, MAN, sitting on his throne, is dealt a karmic blow. He is destroyed by beings from another planet who land on earth, squish him into a welcome mat, then shuffle off in their spaceship.

MAN was produced by Steve Cutts, a London-based freelance artist who specializes in animation, illustration, and fine art.

Paper collage

To be, or not to be?

‘To be, or not to be, that is the question‘, 36cm x 41cm, paper collage, 2014.

‘The Joy of Gina: Let them eat coal’

In progress

Very early stages, but I have a feeling this one is going to be fun. I have taken some inspiration from Klimt’s portraiture works, namely with regards to working on a neutral-blue ground, and building up the skin tones using a mottled, multi-hue approach which ends up giving the face an other-worldly, dreamlike feel.
The idea for this was handed to me in the form of a press-photo of Gina Rinehart, the Australian mining heiress who earns $1,000,000 AUD every 30 minutes, and is the coiner of such inspirational advice to the ‘working class’ as “spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working“; and on the problems with the Australian econmony “… Africans want to work and its workers are willing to work for less than $2 per day. Such statistics make me worry for this country’s future”.
Naturally, the owner of coal and iron ore concerns worth more than $22 billion regards man-made climate change as fiction generated by ‘leftist extremists’ (such as myself).

Gina

Colour chart for mixing paint

Colour chart

So, being a self-taught painter, I spend a lot of time searching the net for tips and strategies from the very generous online art community. I came across this helpful site and decided to create this colour chart using the 6 hues suggested. I didn’t have Prussian Blue, so I substituted it with French Ultramarine which I think leans slightly more towards red / warm hues of blue than Prussian.
You can see that there is no reason to buy many more colours than these 6, (though I do like to have a Naples Yellow lying around). Just add your whites and blacks to adjust the tone or value of the colour as I have done very roughly above.
Another great tip I learnt if you want to take the intensity out of the colour, is to mix it with its complementary colour which has been adjusted to the same value. Explained in more detail here.
p.s. Make sure the brightness of your screen is set to view white as pure white – that way the above jpg should look relatively close to its original, though all screen will display colour slightly differently.

‘And the rider just rode on’…

The joy of Gina

Let them eat coal

‘The joy of Gina: let them eat coal’, charcoal on paper, 61cm x 47cm, 2014.
Inspired by West Australia’s one and only Gina Rinehart.

Paper mosaic

Where there's a will...

A few destroyed magazines and a couple of days later, we have a collage.
‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, paper, 29cm x 42cm, 2014.
This theme was inspired by two artist’s works; a cartoon by the Australian national treasure, Michael Leunig, and  the children’s book, ‘The Red Tree’ by Shaun Tan, an eternal source of awe.

Leunig Shaun Tan

The New Agronomist

Collage

This collage is my response to an article I read in National Geographic, (July 2014) titled ‘The Next Breadbasket’ about land leasing by some African Governments to foreign corporations in preparation for a population increase of 2 billion by 2050. The article can be read here.

The making of ‘Golden fish’ collage

Audio credit: Rhythm & Sound

Collage

Untitled

My studio now looks like a bomb has hit it – bits of paper absolutely everywhere.
‘Untitled’, 29cm x 42cm, 2014.

3d collage

Untitled

Still exploring the collage road, I decided to approach it from a more 3 dimensional perspective this time.

Equipped for the modern frontier

Collage

A lovely afternoon spent with scissors and glue as a break from the past months of painting. Titled ‘Equipped for the modern frontier’, paper and compass, 40cm x 27cm.

They had denial down to an art form

final

‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

I am interested in the herd-mentality-denial of climate change as perpetuated by mass media and a lack of real leadership by governments and corporations with vested interests in consumption-based economics. This is the second in my series about failure to act on climate change which I am exploring this through the eyes of animal protagonists. They have somehow escaped the fate of the majority of ‘the civilised world’, and survived to pay witness to the remnants we left behind us.

Finished.

In studio

With great relief, I think I can say it is finished.
‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

They had denial down to an art form

Detail

Detail from ‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

In progress

Detail

Detail from the right side of ‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, in progress.

When I was searching for environments in which to place my animals which could represent a future scenario if we fail to act on climate change, I found this photo of an abandoned theatre in Detroit. I am yet to add some shoes and open cans of beans.

In progress

They had denial down to an art form

‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, in progress.
I am interested in the herd-mentality-denial of climate change as perpetuated by mass media and a lack of real leadership by governments and corporations with vested interests in consumption-based economics. This is the second in my series about mass failure to act on climate change which I am exploring this through the eyes of animal protagonists. They have somehow escaped the fate of the majority of ‘the civilised world’, and survived to pay witness to the remnants we left behind.

Detail

Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it

Detail from ‘Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

Detail

'Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it'

Detail from ‘Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

Finally finished

Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it

‘Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

Homeward stretch

zebra-in-progress

Almost finished. Painting these works feels like what I could imagine running a long distance marathon might feel like (if I were so inclined).

Artist Statements of the Old Masters

The Bathers

ARTIST’S STATEMENTS OF THE OLD MASTERS
I could not agree with this brilliant article more. I am currently in the last semester of Master of Visual Arts and am barely passing because I refuse to reference philosophers such as Foucault, or spout words like ‘materiality, nexus, dystopia, convergence, metaphysics’. I am being graded on my ability (or inability) to play a game which I don’t believe in, not on my ability to paint. I thought I enrolled in a Visual Arts coarse, but it seems ‘Art’ in 2014 is actually another language, and it certainly isn’t visual. I consider it a sad state of affairs indeed when so many galleries are full of work which is merely an accessory to the ‘artist’s’ gift of the gab. It makes me think of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Emperor’s New Clothes

In progress

Detail
“What did you do today Jodi?”
“Added detail to a doll’s head which is covered in decades of grime”

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