Deborah-Koenker-Visual-Artist_Architectural-Collages

Architectural Collages

1998-2011


This series of ‘architecturally constructed’ Centre Off-Centre Mandalas is comprised of 78 works, each  measuring one foot square. These handmade collages were cut and pasted from discarded architectural magazines stored in my basement. I continue to work in collage, now using primarily original photos. All these images have one or more centres and are spatially complex, creating a calm focus inside the hyper-active density of the urban milieu. When held in the viewer's gaze, positive and negative spaces start to move and flip, as with traditional mandalas. Making these during a month-long artist residency near Temecula, California literally functioned as a centering device, providing the meditative space and focus necessary for planning the installation work Adrift.  Thirteen years later I scanned and digitally printed these, greatly enlarged in scale from the original works.

Deborah-Koenker-Visual-Artist_Architectural-Collages