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|I have been working with the collage to find if I can portray
the familiar in the abstract. when I create these works, in the back of
my mind I use an image of the antique wood fence that was once located
in the center of a small town. This fence was used for public notices,
traveling road shows, the circus or snake oil advertisements. After the
event was over, the old poster was partially torn off or over-painted
and a new event advertisement was slapped up over the old one. Over
time, this site becomes a time capsule of the events of this small town
and the lives of the people. The remnants of memories of these past
events will elicit individual emotions and experiences. In my collage
paintings I use vintage music, literature and photos in a visually
abstract style in an attempt to have the observer relate to the work on
an emotional and visual level, and possibly elicit a forgtten memory.
from Cedar Rapids, IA, USA.
Image © Thomas Lee