Posts tagged Collage
Immersive Work by Scrap Wrenn
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Working under pseudonyms, Wrenn’s experimental projects have included various architectural video projections, interactive walking-tour theater programs in the East Williamsburg Industrial Park (Brooklyn), several immersive transformations of transitional real estate in the New York City area (Chashama, et al, 2003-8), public installations at the former mid-town Donnell NYPL Library (Chashama, 2010), and an outdoor public sculpture commission on Randall’s Island (“Awakening Asylum,” Flow.12, 2012).

After attending New York University in the Steinhardt University Scholars Program (1998-2002), Wrenn received the Mount Royal Graduate Fellowship Award at MICA (2006-2008). She has published several essays, books, and articles as contributions to exhibition catalogues, conference proceedings, and magazines, in addition to limited edition photography books.

Wrenn teaches formally as a full-time Visiting Lecturer of Art in Photography and Multi-media at Marist College (Dept. of Art & Digital Media), and received an upstate relocation empowering “Tending Space” Fellowship in 2014 (from the Hemera Foundation) that furthered her creative inquiries with dharma practice.

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Collage Exploring Connection Between Art and Nature by Laura Kay Keeling
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Travels, daydreams, field guides, coffee, and film. Laura Kay Keeling resides in Toronto, ON and pulls inspiration from beautiful everyday moments shared through her 35mm photography, collage work, and installation projects. She has always been drawn to extreme environments and things that come from nature. Her focus is on creating work that instills an overall feeling of calm, curiosity and peacefulness within others as well as introducing opportunities for celebration and self-reflection often with her own humorous twist. She aims to explore the idea of “home”, how we utilize and design living spaces and form connections with our communities as well as the internet, social media & the effect on our lives. She is driven to explore the connection between art and nature and environmental elements are often the main focus of her work.

 

Humorous and Thought-Provoking Collage by David Krovblit
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Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, David Krovblit studied photography at Ryerson University. He worked professionally as a commercial photographer for over a decade, shooting many international brands and campaigns, and has won numerous awards for his work in the field. He currently lives in California and divides his time between Los Angeles and Toronto.

Krovblit synthesizes diverse references from popular culture, contemporary photography to 19th-century botanical illustrations to create a fantasy universe in his work that is equal parts mesmerizing and seductive.

 

Krovblit's keen eye for composition results in dazzling work, that is humorous and thought-provoking. His collages mirror and comment on the complex world around him - ultimately weaving them into a thing of beauty.

 

Krovblit's techniques bridge old and new methods of producing collage. He uses digital manipulation to scale and print images at various sizes, then reverts to cutting and pasting for the final product.

Collage/Mural Process

 

Collage artists have traditionally been limited by the size of the pieces they find in print. Krovblit's methods allow him to break away from this size restraint through a unique process.

 

He starts by collecting all of the images from different sources: online imagery, posters, magazines, and his original photography. He then brings it all into Photoshop. At this point, he builds the digital file as the blueprint. Once this is complete, all the layers are printed out to the desired size and scale (current work is from 2ft art pieces to 20ft presentation walls). All the visual components get printed onto massive sheets of paper; ready to be hand cut.

 

Once cut, the pieces are reassembled and pasted onto a board or a wall. When everything is in place, the work is carefully sealed with a coating of epoxy resin.

 

Vintage Map Collage by Susan Lerner
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After a career as a Flavor Chemist, and as a mother of two, I was longing for an outlet to express myself and relieve the anxiety of caring for an aging parent with dementia. On a whim, I took a collage class at the 92 Street Y in NYC, and the minute I picked up a straight edge, I fell in love with the medium. In a short four years, I have had the opportunity to exhibit my work in over 20 group shows, including Brooklyn, NY; Chelsea, NY; Edinburgh, Scotland and Rennebu, Norway and have had solo exhibits in NYC and Washington, CT. My work has been published in numerous art magazines and in the newly released book “Collage By Women: 50 Essential Contemporary Artists”. I am a member of @thecollageclub, an exclusive group of collage artists who collage the same page of the same book each week.  In 2018, I organized and curated, @the_collage_garden NYC, an installation in the 6BC Botanical Garden in the East Village, NYC that showcased collages submitted by artists from over 25 countries.

 

Statement

 

I have been intrigued by maps my entire life. Well before GPS, road maps were the only source of guidance for navigating direction. Opening a map in the car leads to the exploration of places unknown. Many road trips with my family encompassed my interests in travel, photography, and adventure. I loved the sense of knowing exactly where I was at any moment, along with the ability to control and direct my experiences. But it was the appreciation of discovering new and exciting cultures that captivated my desire to traverse the world and the use of maps guided me across the globe.

 

Using vintage maps in my new series All Over the Map, I am able to re-envision the connection to my past through hand-cut collage. The use of the maps line, color and symmetry naturally inform the direction of the work. The lines on the map are both symbolically and literally the physical link connecting past and present. The juxtaposition of vintage images, constructed as whimsical and surreal compositions, are used without regard to true context or scale. The places are grounded in reality but embody the attitude that anything is possible.

         

I am motivated by the hunt for the images in print and through the viewfinder. I scour book and tag sales for vintage materials such as atlases, maps, books, magazines, globes and vinyl record albums. This adventure, like the physical journey of the map, parallels my artistic odyssey. The process of hand cutting then layering pieces, which often include my own photographs, into exaggerated form is both meditative and stimulating. Each piece is meticulously cut to create a one of a kind dreamlike composition, which allows the viewer to decide what is true and what is imaginary.

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Interview: Susan Lerner
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After a career as a Flavor Chemist, and as a mother of two, I was longing for an outlet to express myself and relieve the anxiety of caring for an aging parent with dementia.  On a whim, I took a collage class at the 92 Street Y in NYC and the minute I picked up a straight edge, I fell in love with the medium.  In a short four years, I have had the opportunity to exhibit my work in over 20 group shows, including Brooklyn, NY; Chelsea, NY; Edinburgh, Scotland and Rennebu, Norway and have had solo exhibits in New York City and Northwestern Connecticut. My work has been published in numerous art magazines and in the newly released book “Collage By Women:  50 Essential Contemporary Artists”. In 2018, I organized and curated, @the_collage_garden NYC, an installation in the 6BC Botanical Garden in the East Village, that showcased collages submitted by artists from over 25 countries.  I am currently a member of the instagram group, @thecollageclub, an exclusive group of collage artists who collage the same page of the same book each week. My most notable sale is to restauranteur David Bouley.

You can find me on Instagram @mixdmediamashup

Select pieces of work available on www.saatchiart.com/susanlerner

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You discovered your love for collage at a time when you were in search for a creative outlet. How has your relationship with the medium progressed since then?

 I discovered collage as a creative outlet from everyday stressors, including taking care of a parent with dementia.  Since that time, it has turned into an absolute passion. I work on some aspect of collage almost daily.  Technically, I began with photomontage, using my own photographs, but gradually developed into a style using vintage imagery and maps. I have recently experimented with 3-D collage and continue to explore new ways to learn about the medium and myself. 

Can you expand on your process for us? How do you curate the images you collage?

My artistic journey is the process.  I source vintage material by scouring flea markets and garage sales.  I hunt for imagery in the viewfinder of my camera. I usually have an idea that I want to work on based off of one or two pieces of found imagery and go from there.  Everything is hand-cut, layered and glued. It can get pretty messy but I try to sort out cuttings into categories and file them into envelopes. However, the chaos makes it interesting. I never know what I will find or create.

 

How long do you typically spend on a collage? Is there a preliminary stage?

I like to work on numerous collages at the same time so I can't quantify how long it takes. I usually have an idea in my head based on one or two images and then use material I’ve already cut out to free-play and create.  If I get stuck, I move onto the next collage and go back to it later. This keeps it fresh and exciting. After everything is laid out for a collage, I take a photo. The trickiest part is to recreate the collage during the gluing process.  If I make a mistake, it’s over because I only use original papers, no photocopies. I like that the material is precious and one of a kind. Once it’s used, it’s gone.

Your most recent series “All Over the Map” utilizes vintage maps. Can you share more with us about your choice to use maps?

The series “All Over the Map” developed from a love of cartography and travel.  I had been wanting to incorporate maps within my collages since I started collaging.  The maps are all about the connection to my past both literally and metaphorically. Maps were used before GPS was invented so they bring me back to my childhood of planning and taking trips with my family and hand cutting the images takes me back in time before computers and photoshop were a fact of life.    I try to juxtapose images so the impossible seems possible. The process is both mediative and stimulating at the same time.

 

Do you have a piece of advice you have received that you would like to pass along to our readers?

My advice is to just go for it.  Put yourself out there and take a chance.  There is really no downside to exploring your creativity and sharing it with the world.  You may even surprise yourself.

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Dream Inspired Collage by Emma Rodriguez
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My name is Emma Rodriguez aka MOONCRAB ART. I'm from Bristol, England. I went to University a few years ago and graduated from Drawing and Print Making, I really enjoyed using digital means to make work and made a lot of landscape-based work, but my tutors weren't really into the collage work I was doing, so I found myself making work they wanted instead of what I wanted. Now that I have the freedom to make what I like, I've carried on where I left off with my collage work. I make it as a means of escape where I create worlds and a universe that help take people to another place.

 

I'm inspired by my own ups and downs because that's when I want to escape the most, that's when I want to create something that helps me get away, but I'm also inspired by things I see and dream of and surround myself by. It is a massive achievement for myself to know that my work helps and inspires other people, I have had people message me saying that my work has helped them get through tough times and has healed them in a certain way, and that to me is more important than anything and the reason why I create my work.

Beautiful Collages Using Nostalgic Images by Kellette Elliot
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Since earning my BFA and MS in the visual arts at Old Dominion University, I’ve been a high school art educator now residing in Oregon, USA. I was a professional graphic designer and animator before teaching, but analog collage is really where my heart is right now. I won second place in a national juried art show in 2013 for a mixed media collage. Since then, I was chosen for the Edinburgh Collage Collective postcard contest, I have done three shows here in Portland, OR, I was chosen for the Todo Loco 2 collage show in Colombia. I have also done collaborations with creative agencies like Bobolink and Vermú. I was chosen to be featured with Artists of Oregon. I have done private commissions as well as an album cover for Flowergraves Band. I’ve sold over 65 pieces and continue to make collages regularly.

Statement 

I made a resolution in 2018 to create art every day to be a role model for my students. About mid-2018, I had a vision of a simple collage with a strong negative white space surrounding the art. I took to my sketchbook and created “Playing God”. I truly felt inspired. I appreciate vintage source images as they make me nostalgic for my childhood. I continued to make analog collages, soon finding inspiration with circles. I enjoy creating almost a portal into another world where my main subject looks into it like it’s another dimension. Because I’m creating daily, I also like to work with full-size background images as well as bold flat colors that let the viewer imagine what space represents. I enjoyed my resolution so much from 2018, I decided to continue through 2019. My mom passed away as the year turned, and I found my collage work to be an important part of the grieving process.

www.instagram.com/kelletteworks/

Finding Purpose Through the Darkness | Podcast Episode with Jenny Brown
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On this episode of Art & Cocktails, Kat talks to collage artist Jenny Brown about her journey and how she discovered her artistic voice, overcame adversity, let go of the shame surrounding her dreams and gained clarity in her art career. 

This episode includes conversations about:

  • Discovering your creative calling

  • Student loan debt and financial struggle

  • Overcoming depression and more

Jenny Brown is a 1996 graduate of Bennington College and she received her MFA in 2005 from The School of Visual Arts, where she focused on the mediums of painting, drawing, and collage. She moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 2008, and in 2018 set up space at Lyra Art Studios in the city’s Olneyville neighborhood. Her most recent solo show, “When You Speak to Me, This is What I See,” was curated by Periphery Space and presented at Paper Nautilus in Providence, RI, featuring a studio-like installation of her collages and drawings.

Artist Statement

Over the past decade, I have become captivated with exploring ideas surrounding the existence of a parallel or “alt” universe, and finding a way to represent it visually. What if we opened everyday doors and instead of seeing what we expected to see, we saw how we existed in the same moment but in another place in time? What if that alternative world wasn’t frightening, but instead place where color, nature, and our souls made sense in their own unique and curious way?

As an artist who sees the process of creating art as non-linear, I find that I experience the past, present, and future lives of my work all simultaneously. These periods of time happen all at once, maybe not at all, and sometimes infinitely with no end in sight. I find everyday curiousness, the physical mementos (such as photographs & paper ephemera I use in my work), and the history and images from past travels to be present every time I bring pen to paper. For when one speaks to me about my work and my creative process, I wish they could see it all-the beginnings, the unknowns, the forgotten, the lost, the joyous, and the never-ending beauty of the story that brought me to this exact place and time.

I am a 1996 graduate of Bennington College and received my MFA in 2005 from The School of Visual Arts, where I focused on the study of painting, drawing, and collage. I moved to Rhode Island, in 2008 and currently work out of a studio in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood. I have collaborated with retail brands such as Anthropolgie and Alex & Ani, worked in a variety of art education settings both as a teacher and a mentor, and have over a decade of experience in event planning and facilities management in the corporate sector.

Learn more at www.jennybrownart.com

How We Started Collecting Art on a Budget and Why It Is Important to Us

By Ekaterina Popova and Alicia Puig

From Kat:

Working with hundreds of artists through Create! Magazine over the past several years has given me an incredible opportunity to discover beautiful and affordable works. I had the privilege of decorating my apartment on a budget because I was exposed to artists working in all mediums, styles, and price points. 

It first started off as trades with my own work, and later evolved to me purchasing some of my favorite pieces to add to my ever-growing collection. 

What makes owning original art special, instead of settling for a cheap canvas print from Ikea or Marshall’s is that your space will have a completely unique vibe, curated based on your visual aesthetic. It will make it so much more fun to entertain your guests because each piece has a story that you can share. I don’t know about you, but I want to cultivate an interesting life both inside and outside of my home. 

Having been both the buyer and seller of artwork, I love the process. For example, it makes me so proud to share my growth with those who invested in my work early in my career. I bet the gentleman that purchased my first large painting in 2012 is excited to see me move on to exhibit at international art fairs, work with bigger galleries, and be featured by leading blogs and publications. It’s exciting for the collector to feel as if they are a part of the artist’s journey and evolution and that they were a part of making their success happen. On the flip side, I love seeing the artists I traded with or purchased from move on to reach higher levels and increase their value in the art market. More than anything, having my community literally surround me inside my home brings me immense joy and comfort. 

If you are ready to upgrade your living space and truly make it unique, exciting, and full of the energy of the creatives that you love, take the first step and buy your favorite thing that you can afford at the moment. Most artists and galleries will work with you and can even offer a payment plan if you don’t have cash upfront for a larger piece. I have frequently let my collectors pay as low as $100 per month for larger paintings. 

A few months ago, Alicia Puig and I launched our online platform, PxP Contemporary, which will help you get started on your art collection. We wanted to create a space where new collectors can order a piece they love without awkward interactions, especially if you are new to buying art. Shop our collection of affordable works ranging from $100-$2000 to help you get started! If you aren’t quite sure which piece you want to buy first, don’t be shy about contacting an artist you’ve been following on Instagram to get more information about their work and pricing or you can look for local gallery exhibitions where you might just find something you fall in love with. With any of the works exhibited with PxP Contemporary, you can always email us with questions at info@pxpcontemporary.com. We’re happy to help!

Here are a few of my favorite pieces which are available at PxP Contemporary:

From Alicia:

Looking back to our days in college, perhaps it was always meant to be that Kat and I would be working on a gallery project together. She was technically my very first art purchase! While we were both pursuing our BFA degrees at Kutztown University, I fell in love with a beautiful landscape piece with a country home pictured against a vivid pink background that she had painted and mustered up the courage to ask her if I could buy it. At the time, we knew each other through working at an off-campus gallery, but weren’t as close as we are now so I wasn’t sure what she would say. Luckily, she agreed, gave me a price that I could fit into my student budget, and I started to realize that I could afford to collect art that I loved. I simply had to ask or else I’d never know. As I started in my career, I was able to continue to learn more about buying art from working in galleries. I learned about asking for discounts and payment plans, but also continued to buy directly from artists as well. 

For me, like with Kat, my apartment would never feel complete without art on the walls. It both looks and feels empty. Whenever I move into a new place, I get anxious until I start to curate the space because without art, it doesn’t yet have that same feeling of being my ‘home’. So this ends up being one of the very few aspects of moving that I actually enjoy, ha!

The artworks I hang around me also serve as a reminder of wonderful artists who I have worked with in the past and places I have visited, the lovely friends and family who have purchased art for me, or are just pieces that make me happy when I look at them! One of the most beautiful things about art is that it is so emotional and personal. You have the power to find art that speaks to you and surround yourself with it. It can bring consistent reminders of positive memories and spark feelings of joy. Who wouldn’t want that? 

More than the aesthetic part of collecting, however, I also enjoy that I’m supporting someone else’s career. While it is exciting to buy art from big names that you may have seen in history books or museums, it is so important to invest in the current generation of living artists. The artists who are household names now usually had patrons or other buyers back in their day and the majority definitely wouldn’t have been able to continue their work without them. This is probably the art historian in me talking, but if we don’t support those working today, how will they be able to leave their mark? Many are worried about making ends meet, not making history. So let’s make sure that we’re all doing what we can to support each other in this community. 

Not to mention, there is so much talent in a vast array of mediums both traditional and new and it is wonderful that today there is even greater recognition for women artists, artists of color, and LGBTQIA artists. We can all find our niche. Therefore, with a little bit of research you will definitely find someone’s work that is really meaningful to you. I certainly have!

These are all reasons why we created PxP Contemporary. We wanted a place that makes collecting easy: not intimidating, not complicated, not expensive, and not low quality. We’ve curated a selection of work by incredible artists from around the world and given them a platform to showcase their art and tell their stories. If you aren’t familiar with PxP yet, I invite you to take a look. I hope you’ll join us! 

In addition to our website: www.pxpcontemporary.com you can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with gallery news and exhibitions.

The first exhibition curated by PxP Contemporary!

The first exhibition curated by PxP Contemporary!

Kirkland Bray
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I’ve been painting on found surfaces for more than 20 years. In 2012, I began exploring “found” through collage.

Everything I create, from painting to collage, has a found element. It could be a rejected piece of partially dyed canvas, a page of a book oxidized by a note placed inside decades before, or the horsehair bristles of an architect’s brush. 

I'm inspired by the hunt to find new materials and new subject matter and the challenge of executing and editing. A piece is finished when the combination of shapes, colors, and ideas comes together like a puzzle; when the positive and negative space have an equal say; when I’ve exhausted all other possibilities.

I make art to see how far from my comfort zone I can go, to make something beautiful from something discarded, and to discover new directions in both process and subject.

I live and work in Jersey City, NJ.

www.kirklandbray.com

Lexicon Love / Harriet Moutsopoulos
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Australian born and bred, I am a collage artist who works under the name Lexicon Love.

I love collage art essentially because I enjoy the process. I am less preoccupied with the end result. I’m still not sure if I found collage or if collage found me. Either way, I simply love the idea of being able to renegotiate and manipulate the origins of an image through this magnificent medium. Ultimately it’s the way in which collage art challenges traditional notions of aesthetics, which I find most appealing.

I am drawn to the surreal and unsettling and try to inject that into my work where possible, always seeking out the unexpected connections between humor and tragedy. At first glance, the elements of humor and tragedy don’t seem to go together, yet they are so absolutely inseparable. Their relationship is complicated, and one cannot survive without the other. It is in combining the two that true magic begins.  

I don’t want to control the outcome of any piece. I do, however, want the viewer to empathize with the subject through subtle suggestion. My aim is to transport the viewer to a time and place of their own choosing. By hiding the faces, I remove any distraction and invite the viewer to slow down and join the dots in order to seek out the hidden. I guess the real power of the final composition is what can’t be seen. At this point, the viewer holds all the power and the artist none!  

Although my mental approach is analog, my physical techniques are digital. The most significant challenge for me is giving each artwork the slight imperfections of hand and the general look and feel of being made entirely from traditional analog practices.

To achieve this, I do not use any sophisticated software such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Instead, my tools of choice are extremely, extremely basic and closely mimic analog techniques. It’s like working with your hands in the traditional sense.

My process begins by finding the trigger for each piece. This is usually a single image that really catches my eye, grabs me by the throat, and triggers the all-important starting point.

Remixing the old with the new to create new truths, I organize and reorganize until it ‘feels right.’

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Solo Exhibition by Artist Danielle Krysa at Mayberry Fine Art
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By Ekaterina Popova

Artist Danielle Krysa has been busy in the studio this year, and it shows. I have always been a fan of her collage work, but most recently she took her studio practice on a whole other level and released a solo exhibition filled with large scale paintings and mixed media pieces that will inspire you, take your breath away and even make you laugh.

Danielle's work is on view at Mayberry Fine Art from June 1 - June 28, 2019. To purchase or inquire about available work visit www.mayberryfineart.com or email toronto@mayberryfineart.com

Danielle's Statement:

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There are, and always have been, a ridiculous number of stories in my head - stories I tell myself, stories I share out loud, and stories that become my mixed media collages. My most recent work takes those narratives a little further, inviting the viewer into my mind. There are messes and moments of pure joy that exist in an ‘artist’s chaotic and abstract world. There are also quiet white spaces – completely void of ideas – but then somehow, someway the creative machine starts churning again. A juicy stroke of paint in the perfect hue, or just the right found image and, voila, joy is restored! These artworks are a glimpse into the never-ending treasure hunt that goes on in my head – a combination of humor, personal thoughts, rich textures, found images and vibrant color.
— Danielle Krysa

Danielle is the writer behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator, and the author of "Creative Block", "Collage", "Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk" and "A Big Important Art Book". Her work is in private collections in Canada, The United States and Europe. She has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design and lives with her family in British Columbia.

Natalie Ciccoricco
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Natalie Ciccoricco is a Dutch collage artist, living in California. After moving to the United States in 2012, Natalie started making mixed media collages and illustrations inspired by her new surroundings. Her work is characterized by her use of embroidery thread in combination with other materials, such as old photographs, magazines, books, and other ephemera.

Statement

In my work I weave together new narratives on paper, using embroidery thread and found images. By re-using old materials, it is my hope to give them a new life and meaning. I am inspired by the American landscape, my dreams, nature, arts, literature, and my travels.

My latest series ‘Down the Color Hole’ is an exploration into color and the concept of multiple dimensions. I use embroidery thread on images of old books and magazines to create the visual illusion of a new vantage point - a glitch in space and time from which the image seems to explode or implode, depending on how you look at it.

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Claire Sweitzer Hawkins
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My art practice is how I chase after the sense of calm I find while being in nature. Living in a city, I do not get as many opportunities to wander the woods or aimlessly float on a lake as I did growing up. The way I get lost in creating art is the closest to that joyful feeling as I can manufacture. I make art to find my center, flush out the toxins of the day, and to learn to be in the present moment rather than off worrying about what is yet to come.

www.sweitzerstudios.com

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Hollie Chastain
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Hollie Chastain is an artist living and working in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Following studies in both fine art and business she spent several years in marketing and graphic design before returning to the studio to launch a career as an artist and illustrator. Hollie uses mainly paper, mixing found images with modern colors and compositions to create work full of originality and narrative. Influenced by her love for found ephemera, she has become best known for her works created on the covers from vintage, tossed-aside books letting the scribbles, stamps and history found there contribute to the composition. She works as both a gallery artist and illustrator.

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