msbetsy

Art made from bits of recycled magazine pages & paint.

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msbetsy

Art made from bits of recycled magazine pages & paint.

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Creating Art from Junk. Or, "What the *&%?! will you do with that??"

Growing up in Nebraska, I was the kid with her pockets full of treasures collected along the way-- heart shaped stones, leaves and twigs, wild violets, paper gum wrappers in cool colors.

And now, I'm that adult.

When I see a paint encrusted door hinge, an old cigar box or a crushed can on the sidewalk, I see what it could be, not what it is. The excitement builds inside of me when I see the transformation from junk to art in my imagination. It's just the way my brain works.

That's how it was when I first started incorporating scraps of magazine pages into my art. I had saved a fragment of a magazine page torn from the middle of an image. I don't even remember what it was, it was so abstracted. I loved the texture and color of that random magazine page scrap so I created my own abstract painting around it.

As I continued to play with this idea, I started to move from solely abstract art to more figurative art. I began to form my own realistic images out of these bitty random scraps. Goldfinches, bluejays, ravens, all created from little scraps of recycled magazine pages and found scraps of paper, began to fill my canvases. The birds I loved as a child on my father's farm in Nebraska were coming to life.

It's been a long time since I was that treasure hunting child. I've lived several different lives since then. I was trained and schooled as a classical flutist. I've worked as a musician, a music editor, a baker, a cake decorator, a mom and an artist among other things.

All of these paths have had something in common for me: the transformation process, being able to see the “could “ in what doesn't yet exist. Whether transforming notes and melody into music, flour and sugar into cakes, love and nurturing into growing children, or recycled papers and bits of junk into art, my life has been about the creative process in every way.

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Last updated on February 4, 2011

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