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For my final MA exhibition, I have have responded to the challenge of working with various mediums and of creating a coherent body of work. Reflecting on my process, I have treated my small collages as still lifes, playing with the notion of scale and challenging the viewer to question the relationship of the collage to the larger paintings for my final MA exhibition.

Not only does the title of my exhibition “Transitions'' apply to the transition and translation between collage and the larger works, it is also a reflection of my first year as a mother – which was a transition into a new realm of always putting someone before yourself in the most selfless ways. This exhibition provides a glimpse of my time since becoming a mother; time which is constantly shifting and being broken into segments, but also into how that has influenced my situational practice.

My methodology involves applying various collage techniques such as decoupage and ideas of affiches laceres with mixed media. I compose my collages using studio scraps, monoprints, and found materials cut or torn into smaller pieces. During the last six months of creating work during my practice for the MA, I found myself using cutouts from publications, experimenting with ready-at-hand materials such as organic clippings from garden magazines. I feel this brings to the viewer a sense of tension and a slight representational element, set against the other questionable materials.

Although I felt great satisfaction in creating small collage compositions, I decided to take a step further and recreate the small works on a larger scale. Having an oil painting background, it only made sense to explore this line of enquiry through a painting medium. The large, abstract oil paintings soon became a larger translation of the smaller collage pieces, creating an interesting dynamic of color and composition between these two sets of work. This process came at a time when my studio practice was influenced by the changing of the seasons, being able to take my large paintings outside during the summer, since studio space was unavailable due to the pandemic.

This body of work is a testament to my continual gravitation towards various mediums, and to experimenting with different materials as a vehicle in developing my aesthetic.