Is there any connection between my photomontages and paintings? Some years, yes - but in most years – there appears to be not much tying them together.
About 20 - 25 years ago I made collages which were abstract, based on the Russian Avant Garde. I never showed them – they were more like short poems I could tack on my source wall, things to look at. Because they were made just for me, they became something I could never toss, even though there is nothing special about them. I still have a few of these seemingly insignificant bits and pieces of paper stashed away in portfolios.
Lately I have been sort of going back to those forms but in different ways, and this time, they feel more connected to the paintings I make. The route to this idea was to nearly stop painting, first of all! For two weeks, I did not paint and I am still painting less as I montage more. Some of the ideas I was addressing in paint came to the table of paper.