Collage is always concerned with surface. By its nature, the process creates a low-relief sculpture on the picture plain. Sometimes it’s just a side effect of the additive operation, not vital to the image created. Other times, it is part of the design, and necessary to the work of art. I like both. When observed from a distance, the colors, composition and overall design should be strong. Textures add another element of interest when you move in closer.
I’ve been exploring this idea quite a bit over the past several months: changing a composition by adding extreme, graphic textures, then attempting to incorporate them into the whole. It has been a not-always-successful challenge. Too much variation in the surface can be a distraction, especially when it’s not balanced. Or, I’ve found, when it is introduced via a prominent visual element like a woven grid. I like working through a problem though, and I love a lively surface, so it has been an enjoyable journey.