Timeout for Art: Collage

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These small-format collages are what I start with, when I go to my studio. They go together quickly, with whatever materials I have on hand, combined with what I have collected that day, on supports cut from old drawings or paintings on heavy paper. They are playful and gestural; they lead me into their visual world. It’s a good way to get myself into the “studio state-of-mind.”

For many years, I put together one collage each day. Then, my life grew hectic, and I went weeks without ever stepping into the studio. When I managed the time, I often moved right into work mode: what absolutely needs to be done, in this small amount of time that I have for art-making? Often, I was frustrated that the inspiration was not there. In my desperate attempt to make good use of stolen moments, I forgot about the importance of play.

Now, with the studio becoming more of a regular habit again, I have re-introduced the practice of making a collage upon getting started in the studio. I think of them like visual diary pieces, the shapes and colors reflective of my mood on any given day. They frame up nicely, with three inches of mat board all around, in 14″ x 14″ frames. I imagine them hung in four or five rows and seven columns, like the layout of the days on calendar pages. But long before they are matted and framed for display, they remind me of why I go into the studio in the first place: the fun of putting things together!

About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

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  1. Cindy, I can so relate to what you’ve said. You’ve inspired me to do at least one collage a day, without thinking of what comes next. It would be a great way just to “start” and then see what happens. I love these! And yes to the nice big mats!

    • Oh, Martha, thank you so much for these encouraging words! I do so enjoy these small, quick assemblages. Sometimes they take more thoughtful finishing touches for balance. Often they need to be painted on the back side with polymer medium, layered between sheets of plastic wrap and stacked under weights to flatten them, as the various weights of materials tend to cause some waving and curling…but still, they feel spontaneous, which is their strength.

  2. I LOVE collages. And you’ve brought back memories of the 80’s and 90s’, when collages were ‘the thing.’ When my daughter graduated from high school, she made me a collage of our mother/daughter times throughout her life. The most beautiful art in the world, in my mind. xo

    • Oh, I love photo collages and ones that reflect actual events! Tucked away in the attic somewhere, I have a collage of memorabilia from my wedding day. These days, my collages deal with just color,shape and texture to reflect my feelings. I’m big on calendars, day books, to-do lists… so these collages are like a revolution. What IF we marked our days with colors and images, rather than with numbers and chores accomplished? Thanks for reading, and for your comments!

  3. it makes my heart smile to see that you’re back in rhythm with your art.. you are so talented!!!!

    now, since you see my backward trek thru this week’s post, i will now say, ‘good night’ about one hour before sunrise!

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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