A little history on collage: Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques are often credited with “inventing” collage around 1912. While I do not agree with this statement – I will tell you why momentarily – I will allow that they elevated the medium to the status of fine art, at least in the eyes of the art-viewing public, media, and academic world.

However, as long as women have been creating from scraps of material, collage has been around. Collage is an art form that was once regarded as one of the “low arts”; its origins are rooted in piece quilts, scrapbooks, and other traditionally feminine handicrafts. Elevated to the status of a fine art in the early part of the 20th century, collage still makes use of humble materials – discarded mail, fabric scraps, string, old wire, stamps, newspapers, found objects – as well as the materials of fine art – handmade papers, ink, paint, and the like.

Collage is a process of building and layering, of adding and taking away. It takes dissimilar items and knits them together into a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing whole. Like all art forms, selection and discernment are important; the elements and principles of design apply to collage just as they do to painting or sculpture or photography.

One of the things that appeals to me about collage – besides its “recycling” nature – is the fact that it combines the traditionally feminine with the historically male domain of painting. For me, working in the medium of collage is the same as painting. The only difference is my media – paper instead of paint. I even use canvas as my support, so my collages on canvas truly are paintings made of paper.

Please contact me if you have any questions about what you see. I will be happy to answer as best I can!

3 thoughts on “Collage

  1. Jimi

    Hello I loved your work the First time I experienced it while visiting the Kettering library, and with that said I would like some tips on how to get started myself at least give it a try any information would be appreciated, workshops, books on the subject matter.

  2. Marsha Post author

    Creative Collage techniques is a good book to check as well as Kolaj online magazine. Check out some artists from the past like Romare Bearden. I also do occasional workshops so watch for those. If you like, I can add you to my email list. Also, my studio is in downtown Dayton at the Requarth Company on Monument Ave. If you would to visit just let me know!

  3. Jimi

    Thanks for returning my email and and sharing your information and knowledge on the subject, I really thought I’d get no response, so I’m very greatful and appreciate you taking the time to do so. And yes please do add me to your email list I would love to experience a workshop.

    Thanks a whole bunch ?

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