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Joan Thompson
Mixed Media Collage

For me, the art of collage is the most intriguing and rewarding way of expressing the crazy, joyful, beautiful, and mysterious potpourri of this existence. My love of reading led to an obsession with books, which quite naturally morphed into love of paper, any kind and any age: handmade, flea-market finds of fragile letters, marbled end papers, etc.

Since the weekly “art lady” presentations I volunteered to give in my children’s elementary school, I’ve loved and studied art history. When I decided to make some kind of art, my first vividly remembered encounter with a Georges Braque collage sealed the deal: cut,

tear, arrange, and paste paper!

Paper collage easily invites other materials and found objects: pressed leaves and flowers, cardboard in all shapes and forms, vintage lace, silk ties, etc. And eventually I explored mixed media: watercolor, acrylics, photography, colored pencil.

Artists who have inspired me sometimes make their way into my collages; I welcome the chance to pay homage to the imaginations that keep me on this always-surprising journey

of cutting and pasting.

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