Monday, January 23, 2012

OM.2012.007 & 008 - Marissa Tirone - Italy - Collage Centennial

OM.2012.007 - Marissa Tirone - Italy -  Collage - 7.5 x 5.5 inches

OM.2012.008 - Marissa Tirone - Italy -  Collage - 7.5 x 5.5 inches

In my work, collage is used as an investigative method to discover intersections within a strict palette of color fields, patterns, textures, and materials.  Trained as an architect, I am particularly interested in the ambiguity of spatial boundaries.  Collage allows for the perceptible weaving of foreground, middle ground, and background.  This fluid dynamism is in tension with the apparent physical flatness of the composition.

Simple watercolor swatches provide a neutral background for the collages, which are meticulously cut, paired, and joined. Here, the goal was to use collage as a generative tool for architectural design, finding spatial relationships within the work while exploring themes of alignment, axis, overlap, layering, displacement, and multiplicity.

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