Random House Dictionary defines collage as a technique for composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another. Gwinn considers her compositions “collages” when the image is predominately made up of papers pasted to the substrate of the composition. Often she has already painted the papers which are used; and frequently she paints on them again after they have been pasted to the surface. Various embellishments may be added to complete the composition. The layers she uses to compose an image are for her a metaphor of the ways human life develops: layer by layer, choice by choice, adjustment by adjustment. Please contact Helen Gwinn with any questions about the art and its availability.
NEST SERIES: PACKET OF REMEMBRANCES
13X10 inches, matted and framed in a simple mahogany frame 21X18 inches. Collage elements: painted papers, folded square envelope bound with twine and beads, a graphite drawing and fiber-wrapped sticks.
18x18x2 inches on a cradled panel. Collage elements: acrylic painted papers, authentic old manilla envelope for storing important papers, a list, a page from an old Koren Bible, a frontispiece page, and an acrylic panel attached with beads and waxed linen string.
18X18X2 inches on a cradled panel. Collage elements: acrylic painting, painted exotic papers, pages from an old Hebrew Bible, an old leather Bible cover and interleaving, a small plexiglas panel attached with beads and nails, and an old cupboard hinge
THE WINDOW SERIES: WINDOW FRAGMENTS
10X10 inches, collage, matted and framed in a 16X16 inches simple mahogany frame (sold)
mixed media collage , 24x12x2 inches; a hand made, painted envelope, (with mysterious contents) bound with string, attached to a wooden stick, is affixed to the surface of the composition. (sold)