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Joan Thompson
Mixed Media Collage
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 For me, the art of collage is the most intriguing and rewarding way of expressing the crazy, beautiful, and mysterious potpourri of life. Being an incurable bibliophile, I quite naturally morphed into an obsession with paper, any kind and any age: handmade; flea-market finds of fragile letters; vintage books with their marbled end papers, etc.

    All my life 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!

    Once started, collage easily invites other materials and innumerable found objects: pressed leaves, fabric, burned boards - you name it, it’s been collaged someplace by someone!  Eventually I explored mixed media: watercolor, acrylics, photography, charcoal.

    Artists who have inspired me often make their way into my collages; I welcome the chance to pay homage to the imaginations that inspire me on this always-surprising journey of cutting and pasting.



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