Collage Illusion™ | 2020

  • ARTIST: Carl Crawford
  • CATEGORY: Mixed Media 2D
  • LOCATION: Columbia, SC

Magazine paper collage on glass. No paint. I cut colors & images from magazines using a xacto knife. Then I assemble the pieces to form my desired image & glue them to glass using acid-free glue.

My supporters ask me, “How did you come up with the idea for Collage Illusion?” To be honest, it was God. He allowed me to see that we are creations of Him as well as creators for Him. For many of us, early in life, we endure experiences that causes us to fragment into many pieces. We lose our way. Our mission and Divine destiny then becomes finding ourselves again. We must remember the pieces that define who we are. This is our greatest challenge, because the path is not always clear. Many time we find ourselves in the dark and nothing seems to go right. This is when you must ask God for guidance. As you do, the pieces of your puzzle begin to come together, and the Universe reveals clues to enlightenment. Now you’re on your way to discovering your “Why”. Your soul’s purpose. Who you really are. My technique, Collage Illusion, is inspired by this same life process. I must find pieces of magazine paper and then assemble each piece, like a puzzle, to form one work of art. I take scattered, fragments of paper and bring them together to create a full picture. The challenge is paying close attention to the details of each piece. Every color matters; the position matters. There is much purpose to the process. When the artwork is completed you can feel the movement and energy of the creation. With each work, my desire is to give you a sense of wholeness, peace and joy. To enlighten, to uplift, to heal and to make you smile. This is the Movement of Collage Illusion.