Just Folks. Fly My Way.
Editor’s Note: We have all enjoyed, and many times been in awe of, Tina Folks’ work and the evolution of her creative process. With that in mind we have a small set of posts that position the “Just Folks” series for work that will be coming up in late September. Fly My Way is the first of three. In the meanwhile, Tina will be synthesizing her recent trip, mail art, collage, and sketches into the next phase of her work.
Thank you Tina for inviting us to be a part of your process.
Fly My Way
Staying true to my whimsical nature, I've been making collages combining mixed media with my sketches. Fly My Way is just that...with the help of a kitchen timer, I begin with a prompt. Then, each layer of mixed media is added quickly and intuitively which helps me retain immediacy as I work. This time my prompt was “travel.”
When I'm finished, sometimes the collage tells a clear story and sometimes it doesn't. What I've reconciled here is the irony of reaching to work in the "zone" within the confines of "earthbound time." Echoes of the Southwest, exotic birds, and old postage stamps symbolize the desire to "FLY" and travel. This is counter balanced by the use of numbers which keeps me "grounded."
In essence…just like in life, when you allow yourself to become immersed in your art or something you are passionate about, you soar. Still, the timer continues to count down, and the “numbers,” sure and quantifiable, are a constant reminder of “reality” — that sometimes confining, yet often wonderful alternate existence.
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