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Since the beginning of visual arts, artists have used an array of materials and techniques to entice and mesmerize the viewer. Today’s visual artists are faced with the challenge of creating unique techniques in order to produce innovative and dynamic images that will captivate their viewers.
For my recent body of work, I have been producing paintings that combine paint with handmade paper collage. While exploring this process, I have employed Hans Hofmann’s theory that an artist must be able to translate his or her own inner world into a medium, being careful to acknowledge both its limitation and its strengths (1). Using Hofmann’s theory, I have been pushing the mediums of paint and collage and working to overcome the challenge of creating a technique that will produce images that captivate the viewer. I call my collage technique the Negative Perspective Collage. The Negative Perspective Collage uses a build up of my own handmade paper, color theory and the grid to create a visual push and pull of space. The collaged areas of my artworks protrude outward about two inches off the canvas though they visually appear as if they are receding in space, and the painted areas have a volumetric appearance that look as if they are visually popping out. I plan to continue with my experimentation and create a large body of work over the next few years.
I have both a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, with the concentration in Painting and Graphic Design, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art History from Florida Atlantic University. I credit this interdisciplinary education with my ability to create and experiment with paint and other mediums in order to create an extraordinary visual experience. My artistic influences include Eva Hesse, Hans Hofmann, Lee Krasner and Patrick Hughes.