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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Contemporary Austin's 5x7 Exhibit

I'm so excited that I will be participating in The Contemporary Austin's annual 5x7 Exhibit. It will be Thursday, February 26th from 6:30-10pm. Tickets are still available. Hope to see you there!

www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/five-x-seven

Dance Card # 27


Dance Card # 27
collage on paper
8"x6", 2014
collaboration
started by Susanna Binder
finished by Michele Hogan

starter collage by Susanna Binder, 2014
Austrian collage artist Susanna Binder and I have collaborated on some collages.  We mail each other a "starter collage" and the recipient finishes it.  Here you can see the "starter" that Susanna mailed me, as well as my completed version.

If you would like to see another collage collaboration that Susanna and I did, you can check it out at her blog:  https://susannascollagenblog.wordpress.com/.  I mailed her a starter collage for that one.  She completed it and titled it "A Man and His Birds". We plan to do more collaborations together because it's really fun. Susanna and I have never met.  I hope one day we will!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Far to Fall

Currently I'm working on a series incorporating some of my Grandmother Alma's things.  I was recently given a box of her belongings that hadn't been opened in forty years.  I never met my grandmother, but felt I got to know her a little in going through the things she saved.  That made me reflect on the items we leave behind, and what they may tell others about us later.

In Far to Fall, Alma's Homework and Spring Collection of Geometry Dresses, I used her high school math homework and her friends' graduation cards from 1930.


Far to Fall
collage on paper
5"x7", 2014


Alma's Homework

I began the collage, Alma's Homework, with a page of my grandmother's math assignment from the 20's.  I then built the rest of the piece around that.  Through the erased lines of her diagrams, I felt I could see her thought processes as she worked the geometry proof. I wanted the graceful diver to mimic the elegant lines of both her handwriting, and the diagrams.
Alma's Homework
collage on canvas
7"x5", 2014

Spring Collection of Geometry Dresses

Both Spring Collection of Geometry Dresses and Value Study of an Egg were in the Art Science Gallery's 2nd Annual ATC Show and Fundraiser of 2014.  Here I dressed this glamorous lady in my grandmother's geometry homework. I also experimented with hand stitching in the collage, which was a lot of fun!  It was an honor to have this piece included in the show's logo, and I look forward to next year's show.

Spring Collection of Geometry Dresses
collage on paper
3.5"x2.5", 2014




Value Study of an Egg
pen and ink on paper
2.5"x3.5", 2014

For Value Study of an Egg, I used a technique called stippling, in which all of the shadows are made up of tiny dots with a fine tipped marker.  While I've been mostly working in collage for the past year, it was fun to get back to drawing a little bit.  I found that the stippling process has the qualities of a meditation, the gratifying one of being pulled into a zone, and the frustrating one of demanding a lot of patience!

Waiting for Degas

Waiting for Degas
collage on paper
5"x4", 2014


In Waiting for Degas I used a layering technique I learned in Randel Plowman's class 'Experiments in Collage'.  I began with a light background of pink and cream colored papers, then created subtle marks with watercolor and markers. I then used images from a children's coloring book of Impressionist painting and transferred them onto tracing paper.  I continued to layer images that I had printed on tracing and sewing pattern paper, and finished the piece with some bold prints of Japanese washi papers and paint samples from the hardware store.  I find it delightful how the layered images show through and the characters interact with one another in unexpected ways.

Rainman

Rainman
collage on paper
7"x5", 2014

Roller Skating Dreams

Roller Skating Dreams
collage on paper
5"x7", 2014

I Go to Work



I Go to Work
collage on paper
6"x8", 2014