Amidst sequential snow storms, unseasonably warm weather, and a wild scramble to install the library’s big annual exhibit, we ventured into the wilds of Providence for a studio visit with our 2017 Creative Fellow Keri King.
Here you can see Keri seated at her wooden drafting table (it’s a family heirloom!).
You can read our previous blog post about Keri’s research process here. During this visit, she described her collage process, and the new methods she’s trying during her fellowship:
This Creative Fellowship is pushing me to use and explore color, and I’m trying new techniques. I’m doing a combination of physical and digital collage; the digital work is supporting the use of color. I’m pre-sizing images [from high-resolution scans of library materials] in Photoshop so that they print at the correct size, before I physically cut them out. When I’m working in black and white, which is what I usually do, I can do this re-sizing through repeated photocopying… in black and white, I edit with whiteout, sharpie, and ink, but I’m doing more of that in Photoshop this go round. It’s yielding a lot of surprises!
Once images are cut out, Keri arranges them on a surface using white artist’s tape, which is repositionable, so she can try various layouts. An awesome collage tip from this pro: “I use Sharpie on the cut edge of the paper to avoid flares of white in the finished product. After doing this for a while, I found out that Terry Gilliam also did this in his collages!”
Keri’s finished product–an 8 foot x 8 foot, full-color mural, enlarged from the collage she’s working on in these photos–will be on view at the March 1st On the Table launch party. Join us that evening for live music, a food art installation, and the unveiling of our 2017 exhibition!