This project started with a quarantine. After an unexpected and needed move out of my studio space, I started working on smaller pieces of paper adding ink and watercolor to my older drawings that I found around the house. Everything felt disconnected. My thoughts began separating older images into shapes first, inside the watercolors, and combining watercolors to drawings and watercolors to watercolors and drawings to drawings. I was choosing sections and making shapes out of old ideas - selecting.
Dissecting and connecting pieces of my older work gave me a big room for new ideas.
I was inside the process - when paintings, drawings, or anything else you are creating at the moment makes themselves for you because you are giving them everything they need in exactly the right way at exactly the right time.
My thoughts materialized into shapes, shapes into images and images into untold stories.
I now know that this is an on-going project. Movement, light, or sound has not entered this project yet and collaboration may be the word missing in its title.
Join the project
I am inviting everybody to the "Collage Exchange Project".
Step one is to find some watercolors or drawings on paper you do not care about, tear into pieces and mail it to the address you see below. You don't have to be an artist to join this project. There should be no words in your images and they have to be drawn or painted on a thick paper.
The goal is to create a big body of work first by sharing material, later exchanging pieces, and in the end having a story to tell that can also turn into an interesting publication.
As of July 5, 2020, the partici[ants of the project are:
Marsha Nouritza Odabashian
Everybody is welcome!
11108 Richland Valley Drive
Great Falls, VA 22066