About my process and mixed media technique
I have developed of style of working with paper to build entire compositions. The paper is sourced from old maps, books, magazines, and special papers like mulberry paper, teabags and other remnants. The cut up papers add narrative layers as they are often specific to the subject or place represented. For example, a map of Switzerland is integrated into a Swiss scene or book pages about Hungarian architecture are cut and coloured to build an ‘architectural’ story on canvas. When acrylic paint is applied to the papers, the lines and letters remain partially visible, though are sometimes completely obscured. After the cutting and pasting of a composition, I often use drawing and mark-making to pull the whole together. What draws me to this technique is presenting two different scales in one: integrating meaningful close-up details while also building a convincing picture when you step away from it.