Conway • Collage
I didn’t start creating visual art until my late 40s. My partner was doing a “collage a day” project, and I found it fascinating. I’m inspired by the images I collect, drawn to images that depict the human condition. I prefer black and white images—that way I can control the color pallet, too. I’ve somewhat changed my approach to what I do because of my ability to find images. I used to buy any and every thing I could get my hands on, but now I’m much more particular about my resources.
My tools for creating are images from old books and magazines, several types of adhesives, and a cutting tool—usually an X-Acto knife. Inspiration comes from having the time and resources to sit down and work. Although my pieces tend to be minimal, they require time and thought that I can only get when I’m alone and don’t feel rushed. I have been asked to collaborate with other artists but have always declined for this reason.
I’m a human being, and my artistic goal is always the same: to create something that recognizes, celebrates and sometimes admonishes the fact that as humans we have responsibilities. My greatest accomplishment is when someone says that one of my pieces moves them, but they aren’t sure why. I feel successful when that happens because life is a mystery.
When I am working and everything is clicking, I feel completely peaceful. When I’m frustrated due to a lack of images or time, I feel a great sense of anxiety.
→ “My greatest accomplishment is when someone says that one of my pieces moves them, but they aren’t sure why. I feel successful when that happens because life is a mystery.”