The first three collages came in a rush with virtually no effort. The fourth, “Mother” was a horse of a different color. The central image happened quickly, but having such a strong focal point turned the rest of the composition into a wasteland of too many possibilities. I wanted to balance the center with everything around it, to end up with more of a mosaic than an icon. It took many hours of labor and much trial and error before things knitted together. More than once, I wondered if the first three weren’t just a one-time spurt of inspiration not meant to be sustained. Perhaps I had lost my touch, or maybe it was never really there in the first place.
I persevered, but it’s a mystery why some works fly easily onto the board and others don’t. This one only fell into place by repeatedly placing it in front of a mirror and working out the trouble spots. Like my paintings, the visual approach is heavily influenced by the fabric arts. This could easily be an art quilt.