Creating a collage using charcoal drawings

After looking into the work of Lee Krasner, I decided to tear up and play around with a few of my drawings. I also used old artwork found around the studio to integrate into this piece. The reasoning behind this idea is not very clear at this point but as I start to piece the work together I can feel something interesting and intriguing happen with the art. Before I started this I felt slightly lost with my work because I just only producing charcoal hand drawings. After a discussion with a tutor I decided to start producing this collages. The idea behind them is not quite clear to me but I something quite strong and aesthetically about it.

I started by using masting tape to hold the pieces onto the paper just as a temporary hold so I could move them around and decide where I wanted them. I began to add in coloured paper and use my charcoal to draw over this. By doing this I was creating the connection between the original drawing and the coloured paper. I enjoyed using the lighter pink with this collage further than the dark pink painted paper in Figure 1 because the dark was too rich and didn’t give as much contrast as the lighter paper. As I continued to work with this collage I felt a strong positive feeling towards it and felt as though my work was going somewhere.

I am still in the development stage of my work but in the next few weeks I will have experimented with these collages and will have set in stone work for my exhibition. For these collages I will also be including work from my life drawing portfolio.

Author: ninasartspace

Based in Cardiff studying Fine Art at the Metropolitan University. Originally from East Sussex. The career goal is Art Therapy with adults who suffer from PTSD and other mental issues which affect so many of us on a daily basis.

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