Collages by Alyson Khan on view at Hooked on Colfax in Denver May 12 - June 7Read More
These patterns make me think of mantra- the repetition of the simple, succinct and meaningful. Because they originate from my art, which is distilled down to the most essential shapes necessary to deliver the message, these patterns are like the most most essential element repeated over and over. I do think they would make nice textiles. I can imagine them on a wall, a couch, a bedspread, a rug, or paper or table cloth or place mats or stationery...
How we position ourselves in relation to the Self, others, and the world shifts hourly, daily, and season by season. Sometimes we reach a state of real stability, other times we are nearly crumbling. It is a balancing act. There is a space and location however, that is constant and stable if only we would sit still long enough. The space is somewhere near the heart. Here intuition and inspiration sound as bells, signaling for our remembering and return to truth. Then we know which seeds we will sow, we commune with Calling, and inhale.
The use of simple shapes reminds me of the simple things in life and the things we do in repetition and rhythm that help maintain a stabilized existence. These repetitive acts ultimately create our personal rituals. I work with color as it relates to emotion and do my best to respect the quality of each hue.
The materials I use to create the collages are vinyl wallpaper, painted papers, foils, and acrylic paint. I cut each shape by hand and arrange them until they make sense.