studio news - september 18
Collaborating with Collage
Seeing again one of the cloaks that I had made in the 1970’s (currently on display in the London Transport Museum exhibition Poster Girls) reminded me of the continual importance of collage in my creative work.
Exploratory drawing and crude black & white collage are often my entry point into a painting as first steps on expendable detail paper. I work then directly on the intimidating emptiness of a fresh sheet of watercolour paper and the painting evolves from this process of preparation at play with imagination.
With the unforgiving medium of liquid acrylic, it is easy to arrive at an impasse, where change seems to be beyond reach, over-painting is not an option, yet there is a compulsion to continue working on or into the painting.
To ensure consistency with the work up to that point I use prepared sheets of the same paper blocked out in colours from the palette giving me additional material to work with.
The sensual movement of cutting shapes from these swatches echoes the fluidity of making marks with a pen, a brush, a paperclip, a stick and this process permits me to continue working and break that previously perceived impasse.
Engaging with collage in this way makes it possible to emphasise a given area or to transform it completely, a curious three dimensional quality emerges, just an extra millimeter of depth and a further illusion of space develops from the picture plane.
I have used collage in this way in number of new works on show at the Guildford House Gallery.
An Encounter with Colour
This month Jennie's show will open at the Guildford House Gallery in the Garden Room at Guildford Borough Council's beautiful 17th century town house.
Entitled An Encounter with Colour the exhibition will run from the 22nd of September to the 6th October.
Jennie will be at the gallery on Saturday the 22nd & Sunday the 23rd of September and on Friday the 5th & Saturday the 6th of October.
London Transport Museum's Poster Girls exhibition in Covent Garden Piazza is ongoing and runs through until January 2019.
The exhibition features original artworks from the archive celebrating the work for London Transport by female artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.