WHO'S COLLECTING ALL THE TEARS WE SHED? (REMAKE/R)
The kind of creativity that remains as indelible and insoluble as dreams
Who's Collecting All the Tears We Shed? (Remake/r ), a multi-part analog collage series, begins with a kernel - a feeling turned into an image which, in turn, remains permanently frozen into a single moment of recognition. The resulting body of work remains as personal, indelible, and insoluble as dreams, which may be the very thing that makes these collages so strangely familiar and yet so hard to decipher.
Inspired by Hans Arp's and Joan Miro's adaptation of biomorphic forms, Wassily Kandinsky's joyful automatism, and Henry Matisse's approach to collage as a painting, this series of handmade paper collages explores the potential for unique compositional relationships that result from the unfussy yet harmonious arrangement of organic forms and non-representational and figurative elements in order to expand on the state of a woman living in a world that makes her feel like not enough - or too much - at all times, a world that keeps her in the in-between of who she is and who she thinks she needs to be. Here is the artist operating in her own space and time, expressing herself to herself alone lost in creating a personal achieve by wrangling a pair of scissors as if she were an ancient warrior in search of a flow state when she is doing something meaningful to her, and she really gets into it, and time falls away, and the ego seems to vanish, and she finds herself focusing deely and effortlessly.Figurative elements and biomorphic shapes, flower petals and tear shaped paper droplets, bright yellow lemons and abstracted limbs, Renaissance women and modern jewels are just a few of the warring elements in these paper collages. Individually cut and glued, each element, no matter how small (some pieces of paper are as small as one-eigth of an inch wide, cut into various shapes) serves as a brushstroke to achieve a balanced composition guided by color. Each mark, crease, bruise, and indentation is meticuluously chosen to create the final composition.The source material for these collages is mainly photographs of Xheka's own paintings mixed with various advertising materials that make it into her mailbox. Although the fragments are harvested from multiple sources, once the fragments fuse, they create a completely transformed entity generating uncanny resemblances that emphasize the lushness of life.
- Visual Influences
Hans Peter Wilhelm Arp (Jean Arp) - his work is non-representational, yet firmly rooted in nature. His most abstract compositions suggest organic forms.
Twyla Tharp - is an American dancer, choreographer, and author. By combining different forms of movement – such as jazz, ballet, boxing, and inventions of her own making.