|At the End of the Road|
This was total play! I did not start out with an idea of what I wanted at the end. The only preconceived element was that I would create some texture in plaster with a cotton doily I have. As with much of my work, it is mixed media...very mixed media! In the layers of the collage there are found papers, part of a photocopy of one of my artworks, plaster, shellac, watercolor and acrylic paint. I worked back and forth between all of these elements, sometimes sanding the layers with my mouse sander. I applied the shellac and used the sander the way one might apply paint or erase out charcoal or graphite.
Because plaster and shellac take time to dry between layers, I find that I can multi-task, working on several pieces at one time. What happens in one piece often becomes something I incorporate into some of the other pieces depending on what else is going on in them. I like that when I look at the finished works I often can't tell the order of my process.
For me this is the definition of truly integrating all of the elements into a unified whole.