Angie Cass says she’s “obsessed” with Port Kembla and is recruiting people to pay homage to the steel city through collage art.
Wollongong City Council offered the Towradgi-based artist a $3000 cultural grant for the project which will see final works to be placed on exhibition.
Mrs Cass will pass on her tips and tricks from her 22 years experience as a collage artist through two workshops, one for adults and another for children, on Sunday May 21.
“I am obsessed with Port Kembla, I do lots of work around the old stack and other parts,” she said.
“The whole landscape, the whole idea of that natural beauty – and the steelworks, the steam and the flame and that beautiful pool and huge long beach – I’m pretty obsessed with that marriage of the natural and the man-made beauty.”
Collage refers to the practice of using many bits of paper (either ripped or cut with scissors) and other materials to create one picture.
Often found exhibiting in norther Illawarra galleries, Ms Cass uses everything from wall paper, magazines, kids glitter and metal scraps to create colourful contemporary scenes (like the cover to The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album).
“[Collage] has gone in and out of fashion, it’s been very quiet for maybe five or six years and suddenly people are interested in collage again.”
At first glance her artworks look like colourful scene, like a cargo ship arriving at Port Kembla. But after a while the viewer realises the image is comprised of pictures of furniture, a speaker and coloured wrapping paper.
Teaching techniques for choosing, tearing and cutting paper for variety in texture, form and composition. The result being an A3 artwork to be placed on exhibition.
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