Kate Newington

Kwame Kwei-Armah
Collage and mixed media
64cm sq

Using collage and a variety of materials I make commissioned portraits and still lifes.  My earliest portraits were made with fragments of paper of one sort or another. Nowadays I still work with slivers from magazines, wrapping paper, newspaper, catalogues, packaging, junkmail and in fact anything from the deluge of paper that fills our lives.

If there is any kind of philosophy behind what I do, it is the appeal of the idea that a still life or a landscape or something as formal and prescribed as a portrait, can be rendered with random pieces of printed paper – that a chaos of re-cycled scraps can be ordered to either represent something specific, or used more metaphorically.