The Gallery: Shiso mama

The Gallery: Shiso mama

leslie
Feb 9, 2007

We recently saw these beautiful collages at silk felt soil. So we went on over to the artist's blog and checked them out. It took us an embarrassingly long time to put two and two together and figure out that the artist is no other than our very own shiso mama of Look! Otis' Silhouettes and Otis' Hipster Room.

Shiso mama is an art teacher and museum educator who started making a collage each day last May.

She says, I started the collage-a-day project because I was feeling so consumed by my life with baby, and rather unable to focus any creative energy on myself. Whenever I tried to make something, it felt like I had to make something significant or important because time was so precious. But I started to think about Chris Ofili and a collection of gouaches that he had painted, to warm up and start his day in the studio. They were gorgeous and free and joyous, and I started thinking about making something every day, a little stress-free exercise to get myself more in the mind of a real artist. It's one of the best things I've ever done, and probably the closest I've ever felt to being a "real" artist.

When shiso mama made her 100th collage, she wrote about the process of making them here.

We love shiso mama's collages for their simple, graphic shapes and lovely colors.

See more collages here.

You can contact shiso mama via email at shisomama (at) gmail (dot) com.

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