Collaging old pieces together to form new artwork

After looking into the work of Lee Krasner, an artist suggested by my tutor. I decided to tear up and play around with a few of my drawings (Figurative Charcoal Sketch & Figurative Charcoal Sketch 2). This idea comes from the intention to rip out torn work to distort it even more. The reason I wanted to use these drawings, it because I wanted to use already produce work to make more.

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 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 did encounter problems during this process. As you can see the biggest difference between the second and the last images below. After placing more and more of my torn figurative drawings onto the canvas, I decided the pink paper did not work. I was able to overcome this problem by covering it up with more charcoal. As well collaging old artworks together, I wanted to incorporate fresh charcoal to create links between all of the works. The reason for this pieces was to refocus on mind on gesture and body language.

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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