Posts tagged collage
Artwork: "German Course, Whack!" Series
I made this series of collages right before my exhibition in October. They all incorporate figures, palette scraps, map, and bits of my other paintings. They are a 4 part series. 3 of them are still available for sale in my art shop.



They tell mini stories in themselves. The pieces were a challenge to me as an artist to let go of a little bit of control and make works that are made of preexisting materials and to let the individual parts of the collage choose one another.

Each collage has a figure which seems very much in control and out of control at the same time.


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German Course, Whack #1

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German Course, Whack #2

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German Course, Whack #3, SOLD


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German Course, Whack #4

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I love making collage. Especially using bits of old books and practice paintings of mine. It's fun to mix different preexisting sources together to make something new. And tell a little story.

Thanks for reading lovelies,

Anna

Check out my art shop for pieces that are available for purchase. 
New Artwork

Artist Residency, Berlin Artist Studio, AnnaBaer
my studio space at Berlin Art Institute
When telling Dominik (my husby) about this opportunity to go to an artist residency, he, at first, was hesitant, because it wasn't cheap...and I would be away from him for a month. The same reasons I was quite hesitant about it. But then after just a nights sleep he was pretty sure I should do it. He even insisted that I attend. It would be such a great opportunity and I am so very pleased I have taken it. 

I am at the end of my second week here and I could not be more grateful for my time so far. I am away from all distractions, I'm in the young art capital of Germany, and am surrounded by other wonderful creatives. I have nothing I have to do except grow this little baby in my belly and make art. How wonderful is my life! 
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I have been working in several mediums, painting, photography, and collage. I am making some things that I am really loving. My new artwork is communicating where my mind is and what I've been noticing about my thinking lately. Since becoming pregnant by life and this baby's life have been both in and out of my control.

At the beginning of the pregnancy my life felt totally out of control. I was feeling terribly, I feared a miscarriage, I was told by my doctor that I couldn't work at school for the duration of the pregnancy! What? I didn't feel like it was me or my life I was living. Totally out of control. When things are out of my control I have to kind of re-find my footing and try to live in this balance of chaos and control. I needed to make the most of this time of pivot and change in my life. And as an artist it's only natural that these thoughts and experiences manifest themselves in my artwork.

I’m curious about finding calm and contentment in the places we are and the places we want to be, in times we can take charge and times we have to let go. In these tiny mini paintings,  I hope to bring you into a tiny tranquil, restful space as I share my investigation into control and freedom.
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Tiny round painting mixed media collage artist contemporary

The second series that I am pleased with is a diptych of photographs I took which follow in this idea of control and letting go of control. As mentioned above, this was really emphasized when I became pregnant. I felt a total lack of control over my body and the baby's health, but there is a beauty in this surrender of control.

This work is a stand alone piece or part of a diptych in my quiet series. In these photographs I take a posture of peaceful surrender to the task of carrying a child.        

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It's a bit scary to put myself out there this much. Especially my artwork, I am self-conscious and struggle to be content with the work I produce. But I am finally creating consistently and making meaningful work and it feels so good!!! 

Do you find that my work communicates my intentions? I'd love to hear your feedback. 

Thanks for reading lovelies!

Anna
           
My Collage Box
 I have a box filled with paper treasures.  When I find things that catch my fancy I put them in this tin and I can come back to it when I am in the mood for collage or art journaling.

 There are some of my own photographs in it,
 some taken by other people or machines,
 some postcards from places I've been,
and many vintage clippings from books and magazines.

What are some of your favorite collage materials?  Maybe you use something I have never thought of!  I would love to hear... (especially you andy w.)

Anna
itching to create.
 collage by Sabrina Ward Harrison (one of my most favorite artists). 

You know those feelings, that you just want to CREATE, but you don't know where to start.  I am feeling this way today.  I am itching to create.  However, I am still sick so my body is saying I need to stay in bed.

I suppose the itch is what starts the creation.  I should be grateful for it. I sure hope soon to have some progress of little bits of creation to share with you.

I don't know where to start. Whether to draw, paint, sew....

We will see.

What do you do to start your creative process?

anna