Monday, 11 January 2010

International Collage Exchange


Arrivals and Departures
8.5" x 10"
(Shellac, re-purposed 19th century book cover, card, dye, paper, laser image, Huia by D.Price-Ewen)


The Scow Gannet - A Logging Ship
8.5" x 10"

(Shellac, card, dye, paper, resin, florist wire, fibre, laser image, compass finding)



String Games - The shipping of resources from New Zealand
8.5" x 10"

(Shellac, card, dye, paper, laser image, Trees by D.Price-Ewen)

My theme for this year's International Collage Exchange is "Green?"  I've chosen this theme to reflect my interest in a common misnomer - that New Zealand is clean and green.  You may be astonished to know that in fact, New Zealand has a blemished past ecologically, with some of the highest extinction rates in the world and a record that demonstrates that we are far from green or clean.  In my area, alone, we have the third most polluted river in the world.  Our past is full of land clearances - people, flora and fauna. We have a shameful record.  The first half of my collage series concentrates on the devastation; the second half will concentrate on what we can do to redress past wrongs and bring hope to the future of our planet.  It seems the world is on a similar precipice.  Kyoto was a failure and so too Copenhagen; can we change or are we too late?


My Barter Circle blog (see my last posting) is also my attempt to do my bit to improve my child's future and the future of our planet. If you'd also care to take a look at my latest posting, you'll see what I've been up to: http://thebartercircle.blogspot.com/

24 comments:

Jasmine said...

I always thought New Zealand was green. Such a shame. i like the sound of your collage, leaving things on a positive tip. After all its easy to say what not to do, knowing how to correct the mistakes is often far more difficult. x

Nicks said...

Blimey gal are you tring to put me off visiting you???

Kim said...

Love the start of the series Deb. 3 knockout collages. Not sure the NZ tourism board will thank you though, LOL! Can't say Oz is any different, we all have our environmental skeletons in the cupboard somewhere. Great start to the series.

Lisa said...

We all should pitch in and do our part to be green..every little effort helps and teaches our little ones!

Love your collages..masterful works of lovely!!!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Interesting topic Deb's. I think that NZ is clean and green.. but to be fair I think a lot of that is my comparison to other countries.I do think we have done a lot right and we have some real natural assets we do look after...but at the same time our own emblem, the kiwi is underthreat from predators and human activity...so we're clearly not as squeaky as the tourism board would have us think!There's a problem with NZ's thinking that we're green and it's that we risk being lazy thinking we don't need to improve because were 'already green.' That would be a dangerous thought! Ok, you've hit a subject I have a lot to say on! lol. Good subject though, lots of scope and I like your ship collage in particular.I will be really interested to see where you go with this!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Oh, and that arrivals and departures is pretty clever too. Sad but true what has happened. We arrived and so many creatures departed because of us.

ArtPropelled said...

I also thought NZ was green and pristine clean. A sad fact of life that every country has its blemishes.
Powerful collages Debbie!

lyle baxter said...

deb, great collages! sorry to hear your country is no greener than the rest of us! we in the USA talk green but we dont really do much either! money talks louder! If you can find a way to persuade money to go green you'll have it licked! look in history to see what caused the fall of the roman empire! greed, laziness and failure to see what was coming! christianity!
which cleaned things up for a while then fell into the same pattern! but I guess we have to keep trying! lyle

Bill Evertson said...

Looking forward to see how your work develops on this topic. Nice collages btw.

La Dolce Vita said...

love these pieces, so layered in texture and story and the drawings are fabulous! great topic to chew on and you are ending it on a positive note.. gorgeous work!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your pieces are beautiful and the message you are pushing is one after my own heart. I can't wait to see the "green" side of this exchange. Lovely, lovely pieces.

Debrina said...

Hello everybody - it's good to see that the beginning of this series is creating discussion (what every artist dreams for)but it's also sad to not be able to say we are "green" here in NZ. Yes, we're green in colour but certainly not in deed. It's a common misnomer; even some of us kiwis don't want to acknowledge the fact that we too are far from the ideal. And yes, this series is about hope, too. Some of us really are trying to right the wrongs and preserve what's left. The Royal New Zealand Forest and Bird is one such organisation; Department of Conservation another and Green Peace (which has a proud history here in New Zealand).

Retro Cafe' Art Gallery said...

Wow, your three collage pieces are stunning!
xoxo,
Kristin

Lawendula said...

Wow, great art!
No, you are not too late, Debrina, see here:
http://wovenletters.blogspot.com/2010/01/paper-swap-3-list.html
Please leave me your e-mail adress! :)

PCarriker said...

Gorgeous work!

Gaby Bee said...

I also thought New Zealand was clean and green :-(
Your collages are amazing. Love all three pieces, Debrina!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

Enjoyed your pieces - so many layers!

Nathalie Thompson said...

Your collages are GORGEOUS.

word verification- "cents",
as in in only makes cents (American pennies) to buy second hand and barter (I totally advocate both!)

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Your collages are exquisite and I still love your country...New Zealand is a beauty to behold. My disintegration piece last year began with the positive thought "what if there was no more trash?" I will stay tuned to see how the series progresses...you have done a wonderful entrance in saving our Mother Earth. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Debrina said...

Oh shucks, thanks you guys!!

the GyPsY said...

Wow Debs, these are truly amazing. Sad theme, but great art! What are you planning for them?

hugs

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I can hardly remember if I did put my return address on the envelope ...I should have... but most of my collaged pieces do seem to arrive eventually. I will try to create a new piece for you and your beautiful country New Zealand. Your new collages are incredible. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Patti said...

I've not hard about the International Collage Exchange but I LOVE your pieces! And I never knew that New Zealand wasn't pristine - sure looks like it in movies:)
Love all your new work.

Seth said...

What an amazing series. The artists who receive your work in this exchaneg are very lucky!