One of the tools or techniques I routinely apply in my work is using text, whether cut up typography from advertising, snippets of poetry, or scrawled lyrics, conversations, and graffiti.
I often write within a painting so that the script is only partially legible, and sometimes I invent or make up gestures and mimic writing so that no words can be determined at all.
Asemic writing is a technique of writing that does not have a symbolic methodology- wordless words, you could say.
Here, in this piece, I focus entirely on scrawling three words over and over so that they create an abstract pattern. The message isn't obvious until you look carefully and closely. "I want you". Sometimes we shroud our want because it is inappropriate, and sometimes because a secret is delicious. Sometimes the feeling is beautiful but cannot be realized.
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Thanks so much to my art dealer Carrie Shibinsky at Art Bomb Daily for selling this mixed media collage painting for me! I really have fun with these semi-fantastical figurative works.
You can see lots more in the Talking Heads series, here.
Clarinet Marmalade: the story of this square foot collage painting
A kind of jazz like improvisation is part of the vast majority of my works. Even if I have a very specific intention and plan at the start, my work usually takes on a life of its own and surprises me. I have come to understand in the years of my practice that I work best with a very loosely coursed agenda. I start by taking a seed, whether a colour, or a snippet of collage text, a single element I find appealing- and giving it root with an objective in mind. But the objective must allow plenty of space for meandering, change, and the unexpected encounters that are inevitable along the way. I remain very flexible.
In this case, I was inspired by the free-wheeling buoyancy of big band music. The objective was something loose and colourful and joyful. Clarinet Marmalade was a great some from dixieland jazz exactly 100 years ago. The title was perfect, symbolizing the kind of playful sweetness I wanted to convey.
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Double Trouble, 12x12", mixed media on canvas.
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Just finished this piece and am really happy with its playfulness and strong colours. Although I use collage in almost all of my work, most magazines and papers and ephemera mean are standard sizes and the images can get lost in a larger work. Doing small size collage paintings allows me to let images be the focal point sometimes rather than part of a background or whole. It's really fun for me to juxtapose and contrast found pieces until a particular visual aesthetic is achieved.
Tools of the trade! My favourite gouache paints, pencil, little pink scissors, and an eclectic pile of snippets in word and image.
I love creating in vivid pinks and neon. Sometimes the characters marching through my imagination are fantastical circus creatures, part human, part myth.
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Geese with Ants was one of my earliest 12x12"s.
I was excited to be featured as Artist of the Day at Saatchi, and they used my square foot artworks to promote my page. Visit my Saatchi page here.
Thanks to Carrie Shibinsky at ArtBomb for featuring Square Foot Art by Lorette in a promotion yesterday!
ArtBomb has been a tremendous support to Canadian artists and global art collectors for many years, always seeking innovative ways to showcase a diverse range of talent. They have sold numerous paintings for me in their daily auction and at fun art trading events and live auctions with Waddingtons and at The Spoke Club.
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