Sift, Freak, Reap: Morning After

Morning After © Catherine Rutgers 2011Back in the year 2000 (remember when nearly everyone wrote “year 2000” – was it just too flabbergasting to accept 2000 standing alone?)
I made three small collages that illustrate my creative process.

It’s nearly the same, every time. I begin by sifting through the raw materials. Inevitably reach a point where either abundance or a frustrating lack freaks me out. Then slowly but surely move into certainty – and the wonderful point of completing a new piece.

Yesterday, I had a tight deadline for applying to a show at 440 Gallery, in Brooklyn. It’s a lovely artist-run collective, and the theme of their upcoming exhibit is “Text.” There wasn’t any question about starting with new scans of the creative-process collages, which meant taking the framing apart, but that’s OK.

Then the search for new resources began, and the hard part about that was limiting the choices. This session features some exciting elements: cardboard from 1937; the page from an old (circa late 1980s) photo album that fell apart; spray paint on dot-matrix printer paper; and, of course, the original Sift, Freak, and Reap.

The morning after was cool and gray, with a delightful soft-spring misty rain. Setting the green of May into luscious relief. In June, I’ll find out whether the new images are accepted for the show. Meanwhile, I think they’re ideal for the newest Revelations and hope you’ll enjoy the fruits of the calm that comes after the freakout.

Sprayed Paint © Catherine Rutgers 2011Cardboard 1937 © Catherine Rutgers 2011Copper and Sift © Catherine Rutgers 2011Freaked Sands © Catherine Rutgers 2011Impact and Results © Catherine Rutgers 2011Original artwork and text by Catherine Rutgers © 2011

About CatRutgers4Art

Original art by Catherine Rutgers, with musings on the media and the methods. Founded in 2010. “I believe in magic moments. Am not afraid to be sentimental, and adore a tweaked cliché. Two of my favorite pastimes are watching paint dry and observing green tendrils unfold.”
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2 Responses to Sift, Freak, Reap: Morning After

  1. Tom Burnett says:

    marvelous and texy.

  2. Thanks, Tbyrd!! Is “texy” conflating text and sexy? Not a bad concept. ^_^

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