To Piece Together

To Piece Together is a speculation on the aesthetic possibilities of contemporary collage. Collage is a powerfully durational and meditative process that sees incongruent images harmonize together like a satisfying puzzle, creating layers of unexpected meaning. It’s one of the oldest and most popular art forms in history—its inception dates back to 12th century Japan, when poets and calligraphers tore verses from coloured paper then reassembled them on scrolls or screens. Composed of paper and photographs from found-books and other recycled material, the work of artists Loraine Mohar, Jennifer Murphy, and Monique Vettraino approach collage as a form of visual poetry, a dynamic interplay of emotion and imagination through multidimensional imagery. Being universal, inexpensive, and accessible are the profound strengths of collage, traits it shares with other art forms like street art, knitting, and comic books. Likewise, this ties it to creative categories like low-art and kitsch while also anchoring it to socio-economic conversations about class. In their pictures, human and animal bodies are shredded, torn, cut, then painstakingly reassembled using paste and thread into fantastical landscapes, surrealist dreamstates, and ecological allusions. These once broken images are pieced back together and renewed.

 

Pictured: Monique Vettraino, “Our Paths Will Cross,” hand-cut collage, 2022

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February 25

How to Create Depth in your Painting, A Full Day Online Workshop with Jeanette Obbink

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Saturday February 25th Duration: 1 day Time: 10am – 4pm Location: Online Fees: non-mem: $60,...

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Modern Mixed Media, A 6-Week Course with Linda Blakney

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Dates: Mondays Jan 16 to Feb 27th (no class Feb 20 Family Day) Duration: 6...

March 11 - 12

Memoir & Then Some, A Weekend Writing Workshop with Larry Brown

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12 Duration: 2 days Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30...

March 25

Wood Block Printmaking with Aliki Mikulich

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Time: 10am to 4pm Location: Coach House Duration: 1 day Fees: $105 non-members / $85...

March 26

MicroMosaic Jewellery with Heather Vollans

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Date: Sunday, March 26th Time: 1 pm – 4 pm Location: Coach House at Glenhyrst...

April 1 - 2

Where Are We? An Online Workshop with Larry Brown

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Dates: Saturday and Sunday April 1 & 2 Duration: 2 days Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm...

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