Artist Profile: Cecelia Feld

Mixed media artist Cecelia Feld shares her vibrantly colorful portfolio. We spoke with her about inspiration and technique.

 

"Have Map Will Travel 6" collage, 22" x 30" by artist Cecelia Feld. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Have Map Will Travel 6″ collage, 22″ x 30”

 

ABI:  What are the inspirational threads that have helped your artwork evolve over the years?

CF:  Where does the real world meet my imagination? From early work sewing soft sculpture using fabric and painted canvas to my present work in painting, printmaking, collage and photography, I have always dealt with the nature of abstraction.

 

"Time After Time" monotype with collage, 30" x 22" by artist Cecelia Feld. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Time After Time” monotype with collage, 30″ x 22″

 

How does the world around me, near and far, inspire me to see things in a new and different way? Without preconceived ideas I explore the relationships of textures, colors, lines and shapes. Like jazz, there is improvisation, theme and variation, repetition, harmony and dissonance. I ask “what if?” or “why not?” or “how about?” I love chasing the unexpected. Serendipity and unpredictability are hallmarks of my work.

 

"This Must Be Your Lucky Day" collagraph collage, 8" x 11" by artist Cecelia Feld. See her artist feature at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“This Must Be Your Lucky Day” collagraph collage, 8″ x 11″

 

ABI:  You have incorporated a number of techniques in your studio work. How have these techniques informed each other?

CF:  There are specific relationships between my work on paper and my paintings. I often deconstruct my prints (monotypes, collagraphs, etchings) and photographs and reconstruct them as collage, adding all kinds of found paper.

 

"Seen and Unseen" mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24" x 36" by artist Cecelia Feld. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Seen and Unseen” mixed media acrylic painting on panel, 24″ x 36″

 

I photograph old maps, print them from the computer and incorporate them into the collage.  Monotypes and collagraphs can also act as background for collage and provide a different kind of texture and color. Sometimes the background is painted paper.

 

"Have Map Will Travel 2" collage, 22" x 30" by artist Cecelia Feld. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Have Map Will Travel 2″ collage, 22″ x 30”

 

The collage evolves as I work on it, adding and subtracting so that the whole is greater than the parts. I deconstruct, re-purpose, re-use, re-cycle. Collage elements are worked into my acrylic paintings, which, like the prints and collages have strong color, dramatic shifts in shape relationships and tension between line and shape.

 

"Remembering The Things You Forgot" collage, 22" x 30" by artist Cecelia Feld. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Remembering The Things You Forgot” collage, 22″ x 30″

 

ABI:  Tell us about the studio spaces you use, and the art community you belong to.

CF:  I am fortunate to have two studios, one in Dallas and one at my farm north of Dallas in Bells, Texas. I work at my farm for most of the week since that is where I have my large etching press. I look out at trees and pastures. Birds sing. It’s the kind of setting that inspires me. Quiet, peaceful. I am alone, but not lonely.

 

"Part Of A Part" collage, 30" x 22" by artist Cecelia Feld. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Part Of A Part” collage, 30″ x 22″

 

Dallas is all hustle and bustle. It’s about catching up with fellow artists, going to their lectures and supporting them with my presence at their exhibits. I live in two different worlds, each exciting in its own way.

 

 

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