Maximalism and Minimalism in Collage, part 6

It would not be a mistake to put me in a category dedicated to “maximalism” in collage — the practice of adding more visual elements to achieve a balanced effect, in contrast to restricting a composition to a minimum of ingredients. Not that long ago I discovered the work of two maximalists when I happened upon an old blog post by fellow Kentucky collage artist Sharmon Davidson. I have never met the prolific Davidson, but it pleases me to find her concise survey of collage pioneers juxtaposed with examples of contemporary artists active in the medium. I have a high regard for collage artists who maintain a keen awareness of the history of mixed media. Her own work evokes for me the layerist tradition, and I especially like many of her miniatures. In addition to learning about Sharmon, her 2014 entry introduces me to Lance Letscher, a maximalist’s maximalist who also has been known to explore the spectrum’s opposite side with a minimalist approach. The widely exhibited Letscher is formerly a sculptor.

Sharmon Davidson
Her artwork emerges from the interplay of intention and intuition.

Lance Letcher
The spatial density of his designs exemplify a “maximalist” approach.

2 Responses to “Maximalism and Minimalism in Collage, part 6”

  1. sharmondavidsonart says:

    Thanks so much for the mention and for the kind words about my art! I’m happy to meet another Kentucky collage artist, and to have discovered your wonderful blog, which I have added to my blog list!

  2. J A Dixon says:

    Thanks, Sharmon! I hope we find an excuse to meet each other and compare notes — perhaps in Berea, where I often exhibit at the Kentucky Artisan Center.

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