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The Water Way Collage

Adam Collier Noel

United States

Collage, Paper on Canvas

Size: 49 W x 49 H x 1.5 D in

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I wanted to create a piece that makes reference to water and chose to convey this idea with elements of maritime life. I've included vintage maps, deep navy blues, and stripes that almost appear as if they are a nautical flag. I also feel the overall composition looks like the isles and waterways we have in Fort Lauderdale; we are called the Venice of America for that reason. The title is a play on words that refers not only the canals in Lauderdale but also a state of being; I believe if we could all be more like water and resist less against our daily lives we would all flow more easily. This piece has heavy texture created by a layer of medium. I then collaged paper and blueprints, corrugated cardboard and handmade cyanotypes and added acrylic paint. I skim coated the the piece with resin and finished it with a matte varnish which creates a surface similar to encaustic wax. "Water is fluid, soft, and yielding" -Lao Tzu from the Tao de Ching

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Collage:Paper on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:49 W x 49 H x 1.5 D in

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Throughout his education Adam Collier Noel worked to combine diverse materials and techniques with various photographic processes. ​The subject matter incorporated into the artwork is often appropriated from his extensive collection of one-of-a-kind antique daguerreotypes and mid-century snapshots. Each photograph in his acquisition is chosen because of its ability to simultaneously mirror intimate and universal facets of the human experience. “In a day and age when we are constantly being bombarded with immeasurable amounts of new imagery, I have chosen to create new art forms using vintage photographs that have been forgotten, lost or disregarded. This ambiguous, yet familiar collection of snapshots I have assembled traverses universal cultural themes such as nature, science, history and the physical form. My photography-based mixed media artwork relies heavily on the appropriation of these found images and their relationship to the contemporary world through the lens of popular culture.” Employing a combination of technological and traditional processes in his paper-based creations gives Adam Collier Noel the opportunity to reinterpret the original history of the found image through an enhanced narrative. His inspiration is derived from the meaning inherent in the found images, as well as the materials with which he pairs them. Blue prints, letters of correspondence, receipts, book pages, etc. are often layered with the photographs to reflect the importance of paper as a transcript of human history and a place where ideas are written and discoveries are documented. Building upon the rich history of the image creates a transcendence of time and a revitalization of the past, “Much of my work is about optics, ways of seeing and the grand tradition of photography. By appropriating and repurposing found images I give them a new life and a new narrative. I have often expressed that I may not necessarily be the photographer of these relics, but through my artistic interpretation I feel I am their curator.” Recently, Adam Collier Noel traded representational imagery for bold abstraction in a new series of colorful paintings. Using his familiar grid composition, Noel explores formal compositional elements and color theory applications to achieve a rhythmic balance pleasing to the eye. He explains, “The grid has always been a consistent element throughout my artwork. It is a way of bringing order to chaos and organization to disarray.

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