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Original photage. Cut printed matter, glued to archival substratum, coated with UV-protective varnish, framed. From early in life Santa Barbara collage artist Marlene Struss has transformed found objects into works of fine art. It was the use of magazine pictures in surrealistic collage that led to the present colorful more painterly abstractions she calls photage. Photage is not only French for "collage," she jokes, "but also collage of light". She notes that the rich colors, textures, and light effects found in recycled magazines have much more life to give, making them a magnet for her resourceful nature.About her technique, Struss says, "In my work I strive to emulate nature. I try to allow each fragment to settle into the composition according to its unique characteristics and compatibility with others to create a balanced whole, as in human society or a chemical reaction. This focus on cooperation and symbiosis of parts is what, paradoxically,imparts a sense of calmness and serenity in an otherwise very busy environment, a metaphor of my vision for a healthy earth.
Dimensions: 34.5"H x 45"W
Materials: Found Materials and Photographs.