Land of the Free
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My purpose in each artwork is to give the viewer a fascinating and sensual experience. I begin the process by making a well-structured chromatically cohesive abstract magazine paper collage called photage (see photage gallery). The paper collage is then digitally photographed and archived. The high resolution digital image becomes the basis of the digital painting on canvas. I am now free to push the limits of the collage and enhance the image photographically. For instance, I can now create distinctive layers, lay in a more solid background, make a smooth gradation or add lighting effects not possible with the constraints of collage. I continue to experiment, letting one process lead to another until the abstraction becomes a harmonious world of its own. Knowing when to stop is an art in itself. Each work of art is an archival limited-edition digital painting by Marlene Struss printed by Luminare Fine Art Printing on Moab Anasazi acid-free canvas using archival, pigmented inks.
Dimensions: 36" x 44"
Materials: Recycled Materials and Organic Materials