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Jerald Melberg
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

To begin a painting, I take along materials for making small pictures which serve as studies, diary entries, or "vocabulary cards”… Over time, the studies influence (not determine) the larger works.
Then in the 1980s, I started working seriously in collage. I painted large sheets of water color paper and Japanese print papers to achieve flat or broken color and texture. I could tear the thicker paper, control the width and direction of the resulting white line; I could cut or tear any of the prepared paper. The freedom of tearing and cutting with collage quickly became a mesmerizing way of working.

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