Final Assignment Observation in Nature Torn Paper Collage


taking this enlarged image into paper collage:


resulted in two images -one which was of my own making which proved dark and indistinct but had areas of good colour and interesting forms:


the second was inspired by the collage work of Jiri Kolar –see earlier blog :

He is a German artist who I came across during a visit to Regensburg-who meticuously cut up pieces of paper to small squares and reformed them into images


the pieces of paper were stained(painted with ink) and then cut into small imperfect squares, each then individually stuck to the underlying paper. I love the colours and their combination but they remind me of gingham material (I happen to have a skirt in exactly the same colours in plaid like pattern) and Easter eggs! for some reason. I do not like the effect of the small squares which detract a feeling of depth-perhaps introducing more varied and darker colours I could have caught the shadows better. The background Newspaper was also insufficiently contrasting to give depth or drama so I reworked the paper with black ink with little advantage…

The second collage was loosely based on this image:


and was done with fabric on a prepared paper , overdrawn with ink and oil pastel, and incorporating some of the lace which had formed a background to the initial picture


Using this I drew another colourful image continuing the inspiration from Kandinsky and the tulips of Wardell Milan and the images of Jorge Queiroz (whose images “include human figures,…birds,fish,insects….buildings and bricks,stones and mountains,the sea and sky.” quote from Pg 2245 of the Vitamin D2 book): again the desire to incorporate a human element representing the past in my final image was stimulkated by Jorge Querioz’z drawings.

Image photographed from book “Vitamin D2 New Perspectives in Drawing 2013 ” pagePublished by Phaidon Press  ISBN

IMG_9622Untitled 2011 Gouache and coloured pencil on paper by Jorge Queiroz

Stages of the final image:

1)     IMG_9521

2)IMG_9592I think I preferred the image before I darkened the background??

The final collage which I felt was a picture in itself also inspired by Kandinsky, was made by drawing and then collaging the drawings:


Collage frees the elements of a picture -I can move shapes and colours to reorganise the image, I can chose to have backgrounds or not and I can develop space by overlaying the pieces. I can observe the contrast or harmony of colours and shapes before they are committed to paper.  This final image in the collage incorporates the seed pods of Honesty and Ash against an abstracted backrgound of dried leaves, the hands of neolithic men are abstracted to leaf forms and the seeds of new life dot about the image. I love its activity and colour and the meanings I have managed to incorporate. Because of the collaged pieces the images are very defined and I prefer them to blend with their background.

few smaller images made with collage:




Jiri Kolar artist in collage


Jiri Kolar  1914- 2002 was a Czechoslovakian poet and artist, who lived in Paris from 1980 to 1989. He worked in collage but also combined poetry with art. He helped developed several different forms of collage of which one was froissage ( the lines made by crumpling up a piece of paper are used to create a drawing–a technique that I had myself experimented with earlier in this course, without realizing it had a name.)

Jiří Kolář / Jiri Kolar
Věčné stáří / Eternal Ages
roláž / rollage
29 x 38 cm, 1969
opus 3755
55.000,- Kč     sourced on line (December 2013 ) from:

Homm. aan Comenius
Kolar, Jiri  sourced on line (December 2013)  from:

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This image is difficult to discern at this  size but the whole is made from small pieces of paper -around the outside are words cut from newspaper , the circle made from coloured magazine images and the centre from greater spaced text. He often used a type writer to type his own texts. What is also interesting is the text is German and Gothic and hence has some highly artistic letters as well las their use of a letter  ß   to denote an s and the presence of the umlaut: (Ä/ä, Ö/ö, Ü/ü).

These letters add to the pictureliness of the image but also to its gravity, as Gothic is known for its connection with fear. I am unsure as to any deeper meaning in the works of art, but they felt stark cold and worrying.  Kolar spent time under arrest by the Stalinists  because of the subversive nature of his poetry. ref:

KOLÁR Jirí, 1914-2002 (Czech Republic) Title : Apple    sourced on line (December 2013) from:–kolar-jiri-1914-2002-czech-rep-apple-1340701.htm

I wondered if I could use a similar technique to Kolar’s to divide drawings or photographs and reform them into small sections, perhaps then redrawing the effect to capture and enhance the lace effect of the seed pods. I would like to keep the contrasting pink glow and the silvery white of the image. This might tie in with the thinking in relation to lace and delicate fine patterns.

Somehow I feel my walk around the garden is very mild however in comparison to the political and worrying messages that I believe Jolar and many German artists were saying in their images.

I feel disheartened that things will not emerge as I hope, that I will wander off in a different direction, I will forget what I am trying to achieve -although that has not been entirely decided upon.