|Posted by Anna Belleforte on December 6, 2017 at 4:45 AM|
I like to recycle Christmas cards into new cards. After cutting out decorative borders and images of reindeer, trees or wreaths, they are grouped into new compositions. It is sort of like collage. There’s nothing special about the technique, it’s just grouping by theme and making simple symmetries and patterns, but the result is always one-of-a-kind cards. I’ve also recycled old maps (with my Narrative Maps series) and made ‘worldly’ Christmas balls from landmasses. What I haven’t done is add a layer of paint to the mix. Taking it to that kind of level somehow adds too much pressure. I want any kind of art to remain something I get pleasure out of. Whether it’s throw-away Xmas cards or more permanent art, I feel I’m exercising the same muscles and pursuing some kind of primal need. It’s just a quest for something visually pleasing and personal satisfaction, which is why most people do art and craft. Keep the ‘amateur’ in your art: be a lover of art.