" I am endlessly fascinated and attracted to all types of printed materials. It has
always amazed me to see the variety and volume of things that are printed. Every
place I go I see how lithography, screen-printing, stenciling and rubber-stamping
are being used to advertise, identify, mark, and communicate. I always observe
what is unique about a new place for its printed and reproduced imagery.
While in Borneo I wanted to create something where I could use my attraction to
all this ink, color, symbolism, mysterious Chinese lettering, Hindi characters,
and Islamic calligraphy. I enjoyed collecting every oddly printed thing that I
could find - from soy drink cans smashed flat on the road - to hell paper notes
that are burned in the Chinese Buddhist temples. I bought cheap spray paint, tore
paper folded in half into Rorschach test symmetry and used urethane resin to hold
it all together.
Searching for contrast in colors and values, I built layer upon layer of color,
paper, canvas, plastic and tissue. While I painted my portraits, I emptied my
brushes on my collages not wanting to waste a drop of my precious imported
pigments. These collages are a journal of my 2 years here in Borneo in a printed,
sprayed, splattered whirlwind. Can you find the road-killed, sun-baked frog
The collages are all 9 x 27 inches and are mixed media on canvas mounted on board, Stephen Bennett 2005.