Collage: Muscles Grouped According To Their Principal Action

As we come towards to the end of 2017 I thought it would be good to share what I think is one of my best works from this year. I made this for issue no.7 of a Swedish arts magazine called Timglaset. The theme was 'Errata' which triggered me into Dada mode. It seemed to me that this movement, being quite nihilistic and anti-aesthetic, would work well with the theme.   

So, a quick explanation: the work is done on the back of a used envelope with the glue and the brand name revealed at the top, which is an obvious 'mistake'. The cut-and-paste limbs are in the wrong place (more mistakes) and are not matched in size (oh dear!) and the head and one arm form an oversized phallus shape on this rolling nightmare-type figure. All is connected by the central cog. A single flexed arm appears to punch a red sphere which is a symbol of strength or aggression. A diagonal line loosely anchors the whole thing. This is a war-like, machine-like entity but it is also comical and kind of silly, which war is in so many ways.

Anyway it's my favourite piece of work from this year; just thought I'd let you know.

Muscles Grouped According To Their Principal Action
Collage by Jane Pearrett
Pencil, gouache and vintage images on an envelope

Collage (This piece is sold)

It's been a while since I've done any paper collage but I have been doing other things such as submitting a piece of digital collage for Timglaset 6, a great arts publication produced in Sweden. I'm really looking forward to seeing my work in there and will share more information about this when it's published.

Also this year I took part in an exhibition with the Tunnel art collective. Their next show is called Mercerism, at The Crypt in London. However, I haven't been doing much else so it's with great pleasure that I have gone back to doing some work with paper collage; when it's successful I think it is one of the best ways of working and can surprise the maker as much as the viewer with the result.

A3 Paper collage 2017
Found vintage photographs, gouache and graphite on paper.

Collaborative work: Dear Money

In our last show with the Tunnel collective Robin and I made some works together which was great fun and surprised us both in the sense that the work really was like some sort of progeny. We brought it forth into the world, kicking and screaming, with a character all of its own; not like our individual work at all. Somewhat punky and irreverent elements emerged in all the works we made under the collective name of 'WE' using materials such as newspaper, hardboard, PVA glue and acrylic paint.

This work was shown at the 'Hunger' exhibition that we had late last year with the Tunnel collective and now that we are in another show (Waterstones, Gower St, until 12th April) I remembered that I had not shown this work since, so here it is and it looks great hanging on our newly painted grey wall in the studio (Robin's bedroom).

I want to continue making some work together so we can learn from each other's strengths and continue to be surprised by the results. 

Dear Money
Acrylic, newsprint and PVA on board



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