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Machine Age Knife Magic: Collage Workshop

Deborah Kelly
  • Term: Autumn Weekend Workshops 2018
  • Start Date: 19 May 2018
  • End Date: 20 May 2018
  • Time: Sat & Sun, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 2
  • Teacher: Deborah Kelly
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Discover the witty art of collage as you play purposefully with pictures and acquire the technical skills to create your own museum-quality pieces. Over two days, in an inspiring salon environment of storytelling, readings and conversation, Deborah Kelly will inform you on the cutting and composing practices of collage. You’ll be shown safe methods and tips to get those very fine cuttings while you start to focus your ‘looking muscle’ to find, build and compose a number of works. Deborah will introduce you to her private collection of obsolete images, a treasure trove of abandoned art and science histories, and show you how to dissect and divide them from their original contexts to make new art from their remains. A selection of papers, cutting mats, acid-free glue and image material is provided, though you are encouraged to bring your own books and images to dissect and resurrect.

Deborah Kelly

Deborah Kelly is a Sydney-based artist whose works have been shown around Australia, and in Biennales of Singapore, Sydney, Thessaloniki, TarraWarra and Venice. 2017 saw her first international solo exhibition, at the Kvindemuseet in Aarhus, Denmark and her projects are concerned with lineages of representation, politics and history in public exchange. Her recent animated collage work, LYING WOMEN, considers the legacy of European men’s art history in the colonial context of antipodean education. It has been exhibited in more than 40 cities around the world. She has recently delivered collage masterclasses in Melbourne, Istanbul, Leipzig, Bandung, Berlin and Aarhus, and considers the shared process an artwork in and of itself.

Collage equipment such a cutting knives and mats will be provided along with source material. However students are welcome to bring their own such as; old magazines, art catalogues or textbooks. Older papers work well for collage due to their absorbency.

Any students that may have their own particular collage equipment are welcome to bring them to the class.

As visual Arts diary for notes A4 or A5 can be helpful.

Covered footwear is essential