What Is Assemblage?

What Is Assemblage?

Just what is Assemblage? It’s a question I often receive so let’s start with an official definition:

assemblage – an artistic form or medium usually created on a defined substrate (canvas) that consists of three-dimensional elements projecting out of or from the substrate (canvas). It is similar to collage, a two-dimensional medium… it typically uses found objects but is not limited to these materials.   Wikipedia

Now let’s look at how I incorporate Assemblage into my artwork so that it defines my end product. I create assemblage art on canvases (the substrate). Therefore, you will see my art described as Assemblage Art on Canvas or Assemblage Canvas for short.

It starts with a canvas that is first textured, painted, spritzed, textured yet again with more paint and then more spritz. I repeat as needed. Gradually I start adding Found Objects – embellishments that vary in size and impact. Many of these items are vintage pieces I’ve found while searching out flea markets and such or, even better, bits of a larger piece. Some embellishments, such as beads or charms, may be from a new supply. I keep layering these objects, painting again, spritzing again until I’m satisfied with the end project. I never know exactly what I’ll end up with – it’s all part of the creative process and guarantees that each work is “one of a kind”.