Erin McCluskey Wheeler: [if you were here] we’d talk about the trees
Acrylic and gouache painted paper collage on watercolor paper
Works on paper / painted paper collages
This group of five painted paper collages spans a few different bodies of work exploring color, form, and long distance collaboration with other artists through paper exchanges. I both paint paper and paint with paper to create my work. Each of these five pieces contains at least one paper that was made by another artists and was going to be thrown away, but was instead given to me. Much like an art restorer, I view my work as finding ways back to the potential and effort that was put into the original; bringing the spill, the break, the tear, the mistake, the unresolved -- to a new place of beauty and grace.