"The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to,
and I paint whatever passes through my head
without any other consideration."
This Frida collage resulted from my cleaning out the little tower of plastic drawers where I keep various scraps and papers and odds and ends that might be useful for collaging. I came across a few images of Frida Kahlo, downloaded from the internet, stashed at the bottom of one of the drawers, obviously intended for some long forgotten project I had had in mind. I tossed them into the garbage, but moments later, was inspired to glue one onto a particular page in my art journal. Working around it, I felt the need to dig out the second image and add it to the composition. Okay, so anyone can make a collage! But everyone's will be different and unique. I added
- a scrap of words from an old diary of mine,
- a little slip of wallpaper,
- a torn fragment of a failed painting on paper,
- a little bit of sheet music,
- a torn-up line drawing I'd done
- a red envelope that had been ripped up and tossed in the garbage
- likewise, a corner from a notebook because I liked the circular shapes.
- I emphasized a white moonlike shape and added some green and red depth with pencil crayons.
- The Kahlo quote was another download from the internet.
For me, collaging is like shorthand for painting;
though, at the same time, an art form in and of itself.