“Drowning” is an original, handcut paper and mixed media collage on 5×7 matboard.

This collage was a lot of fun to make. I love juxtaposition. The life jackets, buoy, and rowboat are from a sporting goods catalog. The legs of the two figures are from famous artworks. I rarely use either of these things as source material (modern/famous), but when I accidentally combined the life jacket “body” with the artistic “legs”, I loved the juxtaposition of old world and new. I also love that they just appear to be floating.

The background is textured, blue acrylic and an old, crumbled, sewing pattern. I love that the lines on the pattern (for cutting different sizes) look like latitude or longitude lines running through my make-believe water.