"Fort Point Portrait No. 1"
14" x 11" mixed media collage on canvas
"Fort Point Portrait" was fun to create.
I love working with the photos I've taken since moving to Boston and I've taken a lot of good ones in South Boston and around Fort Point, an area in between my neighborhood and downtown, which sits alongside the Fort Point Channel and looks out on Boston Harbor. The background of this piece was made with vintage Boston Globe newspapers, maps, sheet music and best of all, a letter from 1914 (the yellow rectangle) that was addressed to a building just two blocks away from where I live in South Boston. Much of the material I use in my mixed media paintings eventually gets covered up, painted over or otherwise hidden... but I like that it's there. Somehow I feel like everything that goes into a collage - all the relevant photos, newspaper clips, found paper, local letters, etc. - sort of builds it up and creates a soul to the painting? A story beyond just paint and randomness? I don't know.