LINE TABLET #1 Collage by Maia S Oprea

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the series of 8 Line Tablets
In-Triga installation containing more than 80 tablets
visitors activating the tablets in Annart Gallery, Bucharest, 2016

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Collage: Paper, Monotype, Found Objects, Paper mache, Acrylic on Paper.

On the left side you can see the front of the tablet, on the right side the back of the tablet, both being monotypes transferred onto tablet. The writing on the back says : "If he were to cease feeding with memories from the visible reality, he would remain only with the perfect vanity of white."
TECHNICAL DETAILS : even though I put this artwork under the section collage, there is no glue used, everything is transferred using acrylic mediums: the text as well as the image are monotypes (except the red colour)

What I gather under the name of ‘Tablets’ are some kind of hieroglyphs of studio life / mental structures that oscillate between a book and a painting / tool-container. A tablet can be viewed, read, touched, smelled, and involves the viewer's body. All Tablets have two sides: the image (sketch / photo) and a quote (writing / photo). Several tablets are organised into library bodies and correspond to the structure of my personal Dictionary of quotations. Tablets involve: stirring, sifting, storing, preserving, priming, locking, stacking, sanding, transferring, cutting, wetting, drying , using

- Tablets are made of a very personal matter: a mixture of maché paper (obtained by shredding and macerating old books and other recycled papers), plant dust (obtained by grinding the hulls and the remains of dried vegetal food throughout the year), ashes(As a result of the fire made in the stove over the winter), using flour or glue as a binder, and allowing the whole to dry in the sun for a long time. The image is usually transferred using acrylic mediums and does not in any case involve any glueing, as in the traditional collage.
- IN-TRIGÂ INSTALLATION The over eighty tablets that make up the In-Trigâ installation are organised according to several themes that correspond to the words of my personal dictionary of interest quotations: PAPER, LINE, DEATH, SHOULDER, SKIN, REALITY, SENSATION, COUNTRY. Alongside the tablets, other elements - studio leavings / workshop remnants - which served as basis for the installation, such as jars of ash and vegetal dust, dried flowers, coal, salt, boxes of paper remains, mummified objects, From old books, underlined books, notebooks with handwritten quotations, sketches of ideas, photos, objects found, memories, etc.




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