Collage and a Sense of Wonder




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My collages often include painted papers, bits of prints, directly stamp printing on the surface, under and over-painting with acrylics, charcoal drawing, and textured or printed papers. How many of these can you see in this collage–Light through the Trees?

My work is about seeing, and being “woke” to the wonders of the world around us.

When I break up the visual space with shapes, colors, and elements of patterned paper, it creates visual disjunctions. By placing, or juxtaposing unlike elements side by side, it may cause you to look again. You may wonder–why did she put that there?brooks_new work_detail

I want you to wonder, to get up close to my artwork and then stand back. I want you to engage with all your senses. After you leave the gallery perhaps you will be more awake to the small wonders all around you. If that happens, even just a little for you, I will be happy.

PS This image. “Light through the Trees” was inspired by a familiar view of the Androscoggin River. This river is the boundary between the towns of Topsham and Brunswick. It flows past the big mill where my friend Marji has her art studio¬†and travels on to Merrymeeting Bay. Every Friday morning I teach Tai Chi and Qigong there. My students and I get to enjoy the amazing view of the river and sightings of wildlife, especially birds.

Robin Brooks

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