Cut and Paste has allowed me to explore and develop new and old techniques using collage. Throughout the five weeks, I have created a daily collage everyday, used frottage in my work, did a postal collaboration with a fanzine, made a large fanzine that links with my subject work, created a narrative collage and experimented with using paint in collage.
At first, the thought of creating a daily collage everyday and making all of this other work was daunting. However, I have found the daily collages fun to make and have enjoyed the process. I feel as the weeks have gone on, my collage skills have developed hugely and I can see an improvement from day one.
The narrative collage is my least favourite piece of artwork I created. The idea behind it was to play around with scale and have tiny people and ordinary objects, but the objects would be twice as big as the human. I feel like the idea looked better in my head, however, the idea has a lot of room to progress and develop.
The project has sparked some ideas to take into my subject work, I am thinking of creating an embroidered blanket but incorporating collage throughout. I’m not sure where I will start with this as it is just an idea. This idea developed through creating the fanzine that links to my subject work, also the daily collages influenced this idea as it was creating lots of ideas everyday from using different material.
I have found working collaboratively quite stressful as my partner was very bad at communicating and I received my postal fanzine very late. Working independently was great as I could get a lot of work done in the lessons and I prefer working on my own with projects like this. Creating the daily collages became an evening task at home which became quite therapeutic, this is something I would like to continue when the project ends as I find it’s a nice break from subject work, however, it still provoked ideas when looking over them again a week later.
I learnt about a lot of artists throughout this project. Artists such as Max Ernst and his use of frottage, Martha Rosler and her narrative collage, Robert Rauschenberg and the collage combines, full of random objects and thick with paint, and Ray Johnson who set up NYC of Correspondence which was a network of artists that posted their artwork all over the world. Some artists I had never heard of such as Jennifer Taylor who created an installation collage and Joan Miro who dropped objects and then created a collage from where they landed.
I feel like the artist who has influenced me the most while creating these collages is Robert Rauschenberg as I like to use paint in my work and feel like I add a lot of random things into my collages. I feel like Rauschenberg is an artist I would like to take into subject to influence ideas there, such as the embroidered blanket idea, talked about early. Another artist is Hannah Höch, she is known as a feminist artist. Throughout her work the idea of challenging the view of the idealized female body seems present. I am exploring the idea of feminism in my subject work and also in my constellation essay. Höch’s work is made using newspapers and magazine’s, which is how I create my collages.