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Collage workshop with Dionisia Salas

Artist Dionisia Salas held a 2 hour collage workshop in the Nicole Ellis: Fabrications exhibition.

Each 2 hour workshop with artist Dionisia Salas explored collage in relation to exhibition Fabrications, which covered 30 years of the Sydney-based artist Nicole Ellis’ art-making. The workshops investigated how collage engages with surface, edge and shape, while being a direct means to consider composition and colour relationships.

The exhibition surveyed Ellis’s rich and complex involvement with collage, assemblage and found materials. Fastidiously selected textiles comprise the “palettes” and provide tones and textures that she moulds into consistently beautiful, poised, luminous compositions.

“I enjoy incidental elements,” Ellis explains, “flaws, traces of human touch and gesture, and I seek out different assemblage techniques through experimentation and research. I enjoy the qualities of the worn, aged, broken, torn, the seeming casual, the imperfect, traces of paint and reversals.”

However, as critic Anna Johnson has observed, Ellis’s method of generating images is “riven with quiet reversals”:

Nicole Ellis, Fabrications is curated by Tony Oates

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