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Windows Series No.1

Mixed-Media Collage

Created by Karen McCarthy
Unique collage construction composed of artist's original hand-printed papers, exploring many subtleties of light, movement, and color. Various media and materials are implemented including paper, pigmented starch paste, paint, colored pencil, and thread. Techniques include paste-paper printing, painting, stenciling, drawing, and stitching.

After the collage is composed and glued, it is carefully stitched on a sewing machine. The work is then mounted onto a primed and painted panel. It is treated with protective layers of medium and varnish. The piece is ready to hang, with hanging wire along the back. (It can accommodate a frame, but framing is not necessary.)

The panel depth allows for a strong presentation and a nice sense of presence on the wall. The panel is painted on the sides in a dark tone that enhances the colors of the piece. This dark tone makes for a fine outline surrounding the collage when viewed from straight on, and the color continues to be seen when viewed from a side angle.

It is recommended that original artworks not be hung in direct sunlight.

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