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God Is My Light - (For Frida) Collage

Adam Collier Noel

United States

Collage, Paper on Paper

Size: 18 W x 24 H x 1 D in

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This piece is inspired by the paintings of Frida Kahlo. The base collage is paper ephemera consisting of vintage, hand-written letters, nautical charts, etc. The halo is a mix of gold and copper leaf. The ribcage and banner are hand-painted. Countless artists have been inspired by the work of Frida Kahlo and I am no exception. Her strong use of universal themes of pain, loss, love and desire are wrought with powerful symbolism. Her uncommon style of robust portraits simultaneously reflect passion and vulnerability with a sensitivity uniquely her own. Recently I had the pleasure of viewing a Frida Kahlo exhibition at the NSU Art Museum in South Florida. It was my first time coming face-to-face with her work, and it had a profound effect on me. I have always believed there is a residual energy in all artwork that is left behind by an artist after a piece is completed, and that day at the museum I felt Kahlo’s enduring spirit. After my experience with her work I set out to create a series of pieces inspired by Kahlo’s compelling compositions. I used Kahlo’s paintings as a point of departure and used varying degrees of influence in each of the works. The idea was not to draw a parallel between our lives; I would never attempt to compare myself to such a influential figure or try to correlate my life experience with the incredible physical pain and suffering she endured. Instead I set out to construct a body of work that serves as a conduit for both personal and universal narratives as seen through the lens of masculine archetypes and symbols. I began each piece with a mixed media collage of blue prints, road maps, bus tickets, letters of correspondence and various other items of paper ephemera which invoke the nostalgia of my Midwestern upbringing and the roots of my artistic cultivation. Vintage sales slips, receipts and invoices to serve as a reminder of the importance of paper as a record of human history, and also the fleetingness of a life reduced to ephemeral moments. The inverse silhouettes -symbolizing the 'everyman'- are transferred over the collage simultaneously concealing and revealing themselves throughout the layered compositions. The black squares act as a framework for a void each one containing an image as an embodiment of nature, science, history or the physical form.

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Collage:Paper on Paper

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Size:18 W x 24 H x 1 D in

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Throughout my education in photography I worked to combine diverse materials and techniques with various photographic processes. That love of experimentation has continued today as I explore mixed-media collage and abstract acrylic painting in my latest body of work. My collage pieces consist of found and reclaimed paper ephemera repurposed into energetic, abstract color-scapes. I have an extensive collection of blue prints, vintage road maps, book pages, letters of correspondence and various other source items which evoke the nostalgia of my Midwestern upbringing and roots of my artistic cultivation. Inspiration is derived from the inherent meaning in these documents and when combined with layers of paint, three-dimensional objects, photo transfer, etc. I build upon the original history of the material and create an enhanced narrative. My latest body of abstract acrylic paintings uses my familiar grid motif as a compositional framework. Color theory, balance, texture, and intuition all play an important role in the creation of this work. The satisfying actions of mixing colors and applying paint with a palette knife make the process of studio time very meditative. The paintings take shape organically with each color applied meticulously to conceal or reveal the layer below. One color choice dictates the next until an overall rhythmic harmony is achieved.

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