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Painting: Acrylic, Collage, decollage on Wood.
"Scheherazade", 2018, acrylic, collage, decollage on wood, 18 inches wide by 20 inches tall (45 x 50 cm) .
Shimmering veils of color and texture dance in and out of the picture plane, creating a sense of unseen depths and half-glimpsed opulence.
The title of this painting comes from the "Thousand and One Nights Entertainment", otherwise known as the Arabian Nights. Scheherazade is the woman telling the stories, leaving each story unfinished each day to keep her listener coming back for more.
The newspaper fragments that make up the background of this painting are taken from the legal pages of the local paper: cryptic announcements of divorces, inheritances, bankruptcies, etc. -- in other words, unfinished stories of life and death.
The technique is collage and decollage: painted and cut fragments of paper are layered onto the surface then partially covered with an abrasive spackling material, sanded, and sealed. The layering and sanding is repeated several times, building up a nuanced and unified surface.
The painting is framed and ready to hang.
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection