Susan Schenk, collage artist
Collage Flowers and Still Lifecollage landscapes & buildingsCollage Pets and Other AnimalsCollage Birds and NestsMixed Media ArtSoldTwo Spiral DudesTools of GiantsGlyph StoryNight CaravanTurtle PatrolZebra PatrolRapa Nui WatchersOrientingButterfly Blue Metal MarkButterfly FatimaButterfly LunaButterfly :Painted LadyAll AboardLocked OutsafetyThree InsulatorsPlease Use HandrailWaterLily- Chinese GardenHot Rods:50s Red Chev50's Chevy PickupThree Red HotsRed Bird Blue BirdPhantom 57 Nomad57 Chevy Tail FinVincent's FieldsOn the Road to AuroraCoburg HillsWilsonville MonumentWoodburn FarmTwo TeepesStorm of WordsDoor to the KennelBeach Tie UpWall Flower
Art is an invitation to see beyond the apparent. From a distance, my collages appear to be paintings. Up close, they are complicated jumbles of disparate parts. These collages are similar to our own lives; appealing when viewed from afar but somewhat fractured when inspected more intimately.

My use of discarded materials as paint fosters the idea of finding beauty in the overlooked. I find treasures hidden in the trash. By using recycled magazines, maps and other ephemera, I leave a small carbon footprint and more importantly, carve out a trail of enjoyment for others.

I’m appropriating images and putting them together in intriguing ways, exploring subjects with no political agenda other than to create joy.

One goal is to take on the challenge of rendering realistic images using unconventional materials. My more laudable intention is to evoke a smile in the viewer who is compelled to look more closely at my pieces. When my work evokes a smile, I deem it a success.