My first goal was to increase the sense of depth in the collages. I wanted the framed vistas to look like they went on for miles, like you could step into the picture and start walking for days and days up into the valleys or along the sea cliffs I depicted.
Layering the materials and making use of the varied colors and textures of the dried banana bark, I succeeded in adding quite a lot of depth to my finished work, but even then, that was not enough. The pieces were lovely, but they were still not what my eyes were seeing.
I kept experimenting.
Water bends around rocks and moves along the defining riverbanks and sea cliffs. It makes ripples, eddies, and waves. It goes quiet and still in the deep places. Water can be vast.
Over time, I learned how to manipulate the materials so the banana bark evoked the qualities of mountains, rock, and water. The collages became fiber sculptures.