Anna Belleforte

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experimentations in developing a new series

Posted by Anna Belleforte on November 22, 2018 at 12:25 AM

When a series is finished – the latest being the work made at the artist residency in Budapest – it’s time to assess and take things learned from the ‘old’ and apply to the new. The Budapest series allowed me to try new ways of building a picture and to see what works for me. Although this is something fluid and does change over time, I did find a process and aesthetic that I liked in that series. Now it’s time to apply and transform for a new series. Easier said than done, of course. Since the paper used in that series was specific to the subject (pages from a Hungarian book on heritage sites), I need to find replacement papers. I’ve been experimenting with painting strips of old maps (relevant to the place depicted), and cutting and pasting these to build a composition. And also mixing these papers with pieces of printed images from magazines, and acrylic paints over that. So in one piece I’ve focused on the sense of depth, while in another I focused on getting the light right when collaging. And then there’s the impact of photographic collaging as underpainting which is very appealing… Need to decide which way to go to form a unified series.

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