Carol Priamo has been combining her artistic endeavours in photography, design and collage for over ten years to create a variety of approaches to a new medium – digital collage. This collection draws from her long-time creative inspiration – urban architecture and explores the interaction of her altered images of architectural details, patterns, textures and hands-on collage resulting in an assemblage of surrealistic expression.
“This creative process is a combination of intention, choice and chance with the composition evolving from the placement, layering and integration of transformed images. The interplay of elements in the work is like a dialogue that is constantly changing, affecting the whole piece and setting up new challenges. It is a balance between letting things happen and making things happen. I rely on my own intuitive responses to produce new discoveries and unexpected surprises. Exploring the effect of images on one another in this process helps me to see how disparate things work together and the interactions and effects that occur in all relationships of life.”
Carol Priamo is a Hamilton-based artist who has exhibited her photography, collage, and mixed media work in Hamilton, Victoria, Vancouver and Toronto. She has an MA from the University of Toronto and has studied design at OCAD and mixed media collage with top artists in Canada and the U.S.
If you are what you eat then what do your choices of tool say about you?
We live in a world of many choices in how we live, work and play. It is in these choices that our characters are revealed. Are you one to try to pry something with a screwdriver or do you have a tool for that? In many ways the tools chosen are an extension of ourselves, a portrait of our process of actions.
The prints on display are made through a collagraph process. The shapes are cut out carefully and built upon a foundation plate where decorative texture is incorporated as a contrast to the grit that traditionally adorns tools. Once constructed the plates are sealed and printed with a combination of oil- and water-based inks to create an interplay of colour pushing and pulling.
Individually each assemblage of tools represents a individual person and his or her process at a moment of time. It is through the tools represented that a process identity is developed if you will. Each person a working Hamiltonian was surveyed or observed during a work process: for example, a carpenter making use of a nail puller to repair a deck, a young electrician with his first tool set and a painter are amongst others that have lent their process identity to the collagraph series.
What do your tools say about you?