This is one of a series of abstract collage, all made in early 2022 using prepared papers. In comparison to my monotypes, these are graphically quite simple.
I didn’t, consciously at least, have them in mind, but I can see similarities with the Suprematists, working in pre-Revolutionary Russia around the time of World War 1. Perhaps something stuck in my memory after visiting the exhibition of Russian Art at the Royal Academy in 2017.
I make the papers by gel printing, usually with collage in mind. Sometimes I use prints that didn’t quite work, cutting them up as with the prepared papers, or as the base layer. The base here is A4 Mixed Media paper, about 250 gsm. I use acrylic medium as the glue. It bonds well with the acrylic paint on the papers and doesn’t dry or go brittle.
The collage is in an A3 frame with a simple black moulding and a plain white mount. For safety and to reduce weight, the frame has acrylic glazing.