Collages

How did the collages come about?

Imagine the excitement of learning something new, something that opens out many interesting possibilities.  That’s how I felt when introduced to printmaking in my first year at Art School as a mature-aged student. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I threw myself into the subject, experimenting with lots of techniques and making big editions of around 30 prints

The sad truth is however, that some of those early editions weren’t terribly good, and there were 30 prints in each of them!  Using up these prints to make collages was one way of not “wasting” my efforts, or the lovely printmaking paper used in their production.

Image above: Leaf Flight , © Jacky Lowry. Details below.

The collaging technique I devised was to cut up the individual prints into many pieces, and then to take the same part from each print to arrange into a pattern. I would play with various arrangements of these identical print parts, until a pattern emerged that I liked. That pattern was then glued onto fresh printmaking paper to make a print-based collage.

Image right: Raptor,  © Jacky Lowry. Details below.

From this process of fragmentation and rearrangement abstract patterns emerge that retain a resonance with the original forms and emotions of their source images. These are often photopolymer prints based on my own photographs or scans of real plants and leaves,  so that there is a natural resonance with the new emergent patterns.  And just as the forms and patterns of natural systems may be fractal and wild or ordered like crystal lattices, so both types of patterning also appear in the collages.

Several motifs recur in the collages, often explored through two sides or extremes.   Thus there is layering and complexity or strong graphic design.  There are works that show details or that are minimal and ethereal. The use of colour is bold or subtle and muted.  Some are pale or somber, yet often with an inner luminosity and calmness. There is an emphasis on abstraction, often arrived at by the magnification of details.  Pattern and contrast are strong components.

Image left: Notable Leaves, © Jacky Lowry. Details below.

Every collage that is made from the parts of a single print edition is unique, but because they all have the same source image in common, they clearly belong together in a single series.

The images above are from the “Red & Black Series”. 
See more Red & Black collages on my Artwork Archive Collections page.

The “Dieffenbachia” Series

The “Dieffenbachia Series” is based on my first attempt at a reduction linocut.  In this technique, each new colour is added to the print through a separate inking and printing.  You need a good registration system, so that all the colours align properly.  Well, at that time I hadn’t devised a good system yet, so many of the printings did not align properly.  A lot of prints were ruined, but were still perfect for my collaging process.

See more “Dieffenbachia” collages on my Artwork Archive Collections page.

Details of collages illustrated on this page.   

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Banner image:
Banners along the Way,  Luminous Series, © Jacky Lowry, collaged parts of a photopolymer etching, framed behind glass.
Image size: 29 cm x 31.5 cm
Frame size: 33.5 cm x 44.5 cm
Price: AUD$

See more collages from the Luminous series at my Artwork Archive Collections page.

The Red & Black Series is based on a soft ground etching of a Plane Tree branchlet.  More images can be seen on my Artwork Archive Collections page.

Leaf Flight,
© Jacky Lowry, collaged parts of a photopolymer etching edition.
Framed without glass, with image and backing sealed with acrylic and varnished.
Image size: 14 cm  x  18.5 cm.
Frame size: 18.5   x  23.5.
Price:  AUD$ 70 plus P&P

Raptor, © Jacky Lowry, collaged parts of a photopolymer etching edition.
Framed without glass, with image and backing sealed with acrylic and varnished.
Image size: 14.5 cm  x  20.5 cm.
Frame size: 21.5 cm  x  27 cm.
Price:  AUD$ 75 plus P&P

 

Notable Leaves,
© Jacky Lowry, Collaged parts of a photopolymer etching edition.
Framed without glass, with image and backing sealed with acrylic and varnished.
Image size: 12.5 cm  x  20 cm.
Frame size: 18.5 cm  x  26 cm.
Price:  AU$ 70 plus P&P

 

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