HOW IT ALL BEGAN...HOW IT ALL BEGAN...


Several years ago I worked for a Japanese company in Los Angeles. When one of our coworkers was transferred to Australia a farewell card began to circulate for everyone to sign. In keeping with Japanese custom, instead of a commercial greeting card we used a shikishi board which is an elegant paper-covered cardboard traditionally used for calligraphy and brush painting.

I suggested that we bend tradition a bit by incorporating photographs of everyone from the office as well as some images from Australian travel brochures. No one had ever seen that done, so I was asked to put it together. For the rest of the week I sat in amusement, cutting and pasting. By the time I was finished the entire board was a vision of colour and our photographs had all been integrated into the Australian landscape. “Look...there’s a koala bear...up in the tree...with Mr. Matsuda’s face on it!” Nobody had ever displayed such irreverence before but everyone saw the humour in it, even the very traditional president of the company, Mr. Matsuda!

The collage idea was such a hit it quickly became an ongoing tradition. My fellow office workers had gotten a taste for creative expression and I had discovered a love of scissors and glue.

AND SO IT GOES...
What began as a moment of fun became an avenue of expression for me; a way of voicing my perceptions and linking the inner and outer worlds together. I view my collage art as a reflection of the colourful and multi-layered world in which we live.



Melody Daniels-Los Angeles, 2009





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I enjoy weaving images together, blending and overlapping as I go along. I never have any idea where a piece is headed. It’s rare for me to even begin with a concept. Each work is a journey of discovery. I guess the same could be said about our lives. Everyone is a work in progress.

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