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Self/Not Self Collage

Jean Vengua

United States

Collage, Paper on Paper

Size: 12 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

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This work began with found materials at hand: grey-toned paper and some leftover black paper. I glued down a black square, then worked around it. My mood and the position of the black square suggested the dual theme of the piece of one side as self, emanating essence, and the other side as an inner, secret self, that is both empty -- and not.

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Collage:Paper on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:12 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

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Since the onset of the Pandemic in early 2020, I’ve been using OuPeinPo processes (where both rules and chance determine writing and art) in my work. A toss of dice or seeds in a mancala game, letters in a word chosen at random from a dictionary or poem, or the outcome of geomantic divination determine what lines, shapes, colors, and content emerge in my art (mostly ink, graphite drawings, and collage). Ironically giving me great freedom to explore visual language, such rule-bound “games” allow me to create a process structure that mediates any tendency to “overthink” and “overdo” when creating art. I returned to visual art after several decades of teaching ethnic literature and writing. Working in a small space (once a priest’s cottage), I create art on a contemplative and intimate scale (from as small as 5 x 5 in. to [currently] 18 x 18 in.). My mediums are graphite, ink pencil, pastel, and cold wax medium on paper, and occasionally acrylics on wood panel. Website: https://jeanvengua.com Newsletter: https://jeanvengua.substack.com Instagram: @jeanvengua *OuPeinPo: Too long to explain here, but there's plenty of information about it online, along with the related OuLiPo, OuBaPo, and OuXPo.

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