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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
i shared with you that i had been asked to donate a collage or two to a great cause, a ministry for young people at a church in new jersey. i readily agreed, and when i found out that the theme of the event will be centered around new life, i immediately began to get inspired. i made this collage, which i shared with you a couple of weeks ago.
but i didn't want to stop there. i was thinking about new birth, about how my art tries to reflect the redemptive nature i see in God, that God takes what is broken - what is refuse - and makes it new. as i was reflecting on this, it occured to me that i could take an old collage and breathe new life into it. when i was first starting as an artist, i made several collages that, looking back on them, i really don't like. for example, ten years ago i made this collage, which i called "rainboe:"
paper collage on hardcover bookboard
gregory a. milinovich
but i really didn't like this collage. so i thought i would just work on top of it, and recreate it. i wanted to make it new. but i didn't want it to entirely lose it's personality, either, so i tried to find a way that the old images would still show through. i ended up using a technique where i use melted crayon wax. it is a long process, especially with using so many different shades of wax, but i really enjoyed the way it turned out, and that you can still see elements of the original collage underneath the new one. it is, quite literally, a new creation.