Artist Cecelia Feld of Dallas, Texas, feels strongly about the art of conversation, especially when it’s her artwork telling the story!
Cecelia says that when color, line, shape and texture are in conversation with one another, it brings about a lively, energetic quality to the composition. Her collages typically combine several repurposed prints (etchings, monotypes, and collagraphs) with found paper. She then often paints on the paper, using acrylics to anchor and frame each collage.
“Travel, near and far, has always provided inspiration for my art,” Cecelia said. “Through painting, printmaking, collage and photography, I interpret the world around me.”
Let’s take a look, shall we?
In the collage below, yellow, green, and blue colors accent loose, squiggly paint smears that surround and incorporate a variety of images cut into several different geometric shapes.
As I look, I find myself trying to pick out individual elements of the collage before realizing the totality of the piece is what makes it so vibrant. Being able to identify a stylish bracelet here, a chandelier there gives the collage a sense of avant-gardism, but the energy of the piece is at its best when enjoyed as a whole.
Cecelia definitely loves to incorporate half-circles into her work, and I think it’s particularly successful in Have Map, Will Travel because it draws the viewer in and out of the collage, shaking up the idea that artwork must fit within certain parameters.
The color combinations in this collage work especially well together, featuring spicy cinnamon hues, plum, and mint shades, all of which are soft, warm and inviting. Lovely inklings of periwinkle are sprinkled deftly throughout the collage, while gentle curves mimic the slightest winding road, in essence, bringing a map to life.
Lastly, large brushstrokes swirl and arch in a flourish in Springtime Suite 3, where all the colors of spring have awoken from a winter’s dream and are bursting forth like a bouquet of daisies, tulips and baby’s breath.
Spearmint green abounds energetically throughout this collage, leaving a bright, playful trail that links everything together. An angled box to the left of the painting is the focal point, where various items encircle a luxurious green and gold chalice found resting comfortably deep within the collage.
Of course, any review of Cecelia’s work wouldn’t be complete without a mention of her beautiful photographs, which touch the soul and tell of the widespread places she’s been and the unforgettable people she’s met along the way.
I encourage you to take a minute to view the rest of Cecelia’s work on her website.
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