Collages / St John’s Suite

After the cancer diagnosis, at first, it wasn’t too bad and I was able to continue working at the easel but gradually that became more and more difficult. I’d played around with a lot with collage when I was teaching.

A level of inventiveness came out of the range of materials from the collages. At first, I was working relatively formerly, relatively geometrically. But gradually the geometry started to break apart. I started experimenting far more with torn edges and far more with papers that I’d created through painting and colouring, and sometimes printing natural materials onto the papers. It was amazing how collage opened another door, another way of exploring creativity. It’s been a wonderful journey. The thing that the collages have given me has been an enormous opportunity for improvisation.

St John’s Suite refers to St John’s Hospital South Hobart.