I used the Zen approach "Heart versus Head" to create these mini collage paintings. They are created from the unconscious in a meditative way.
Starting with a pile of different odds and ends ie ephemera from my collection, I set out to design a series of mini collages. In the collection of oddments are: fabric, paper, and textured paper of different weights, very odd sizes, nothing regular My initial aim was to assemble these small artworks in a pleasing way using all my design knowledge of positive and negative space. I then placed and glued them down and embellished. A word about my selection in this series.....
I somehow drifted to the Zen and Orient for inspiration. There are six small collages in the collection and are named aptly.
Nirvana - is defined as a state of bliss and described as the perfect peace with the world. The state of mind is that of free of anger and craving.
Nepenthe - is described as a magical potion that quells all sorrows with forgetfulness. In literature the effects of Nepenthe are similar to those of opiates.
Karma - Karma means "deed" or "act". If one does good or spiritually valuable acts, one deserves and can expect good luck
Mantra - or "chanting" can be defined as a repetitve sound or group of words. Some purposes of Mantra have included religious ceremonies to accumulate wealth, and avoid danger or eliminate enemies.
Geisha - is described as a female Japanese entertainer, whose skills include performing various Japanese Arts, such as music and dance.
Edo Lovers - centered in Tokyo during the period between 1680 and 1860. They are part of the "Ukiyo-e" genre of Japanese Art - "Ukiyo-e" means pictures of the floating world