How a collage takes shape fascinates me: the use of paint, found objects and disparate images, being able to cover up a mistake or work it into the design, the effects that emerge the result of a cumulative process, some by intent, some by accident, the finished surface suffused with the presence of invisible layers below. The finished effects in my paintings are determined as much by my “mistakes” as conscious choice. And the light breaking through from below is a force mediating “breakthrough” itself.
The whole process is a metaphor for what it means to “work” on the self. Some of what you are is determined by fate or chance, some of it is the result of conscious decisions, some of unconscious ones. Your surface appearance, like that of a painting in progress, is the result of a cumulative process. Your face has its own “glow,” a unique “patina” made up of many unseen layers of experience.
Carol Proctor, USA, musician and photographer
Dagmar Holynsky, Germany, art therapist and Magic Book® Trainer
Krista Bouille, Germany, counselor and Magic Book® Trainer (website)
Tordis Mueller, Germany, performance artist and Magic Book® Trainer
Anne Spencer, USA, 12 year-old student in art book workshop
Barbara Bouffard, Germany, Art therapist, Magic Book® Trainer (website)