As part of the "Overlooked Archives" exhibition, I incorporated a wall of envelopes as a background for my artist statement (a short explanation of the work). I wanted something textural as a counterpoint to the collages, all under glass this time.The envelopes also served as a visual reference for where some of the collage elements originated. I love the patterns in security envelopes and wanted viewers to stop and consider them. I even included an envelope addressed to me by my Dad, in his amazing backhanded script, as an unspoken nod to him. One realization I had while working with all this mail is that very little of it is personal, most of it is commercial — so I loved it when something with actual handwriting arrived! Thanks, Dad :)Here is the actual text from my statement about the show...Overlooked ArtifactsAn exhibition of collages made from each day’s mail during a three month period.We are subject to such an assault of visual input that it’s no wonder the printed materials in our lives, many of them unrequested, become a blur.Delivered... I’ve attempted to transform the remnants of discarded and unanticipated mailed imagery into elegant little jewels. This series of 75 collages is intended to capture the incremental passage of time and encourage a fresh look at the incoming paper stream.Dissected… Exploring the inherent beauty of salvaged color and form that’s been liberated, literally ripped, from its original context has been both a joy and a challenge. Some days the postal pickings were slim, other days potential ingredients were abundant, and on a few sad days (and Sundays), there was nothing in the mailbox. No mail, no collage.Reimagining form… On March 1st the only item in the mailbox addressed to me was a postcard from Bed Bath & Beyond—perhaps you’ll recognize it!Enjoy,Janice McDonald
Tumultuous waves of paper... I've been intrigued this winter with the walls of tissue-texture that form the background for the window displays at the Anthropologie store and finally got around to snapping a few photos. They may be snowflake references, or blossoms. Whatever, they are beautiful forms and make a surprisingly elegant and tactile background. On close inspection, the components remind me of the bright tissue paper flowers we made as kids, although the range of neutrals to white colors used and the sophistication of the cut designs is very different. Just gorgeous.
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." — Anais Nin