Janet Kolstein

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Stands Agape

Stands Agape

Sly Fox

Sly Fox

Lots Wife

Lots Wife

 

Artist Statement

My digital montages take form in the computer through a combination of my own photography combined with scanned vintage and antique material acquired mostly from garage, house and estate sales, and more recently on Ebay.

Certain images speak to my imagination, and I fill the picture space with layers of color, texture and pattern with the aid of PhotoShop Elements.  I try to create a little world of wonder, inviting the viewer to contemplate the curious narrative in which I have mixed imagery from different eras. In addition to the computer, I still make collages the old-fashioned way — on my drafting table with scissors and glue.  
From an early age, the arts have been utmost in my life: from crayons in grammar school to art major at Montclair State College (now University); as a textile designer and painter in NYC to a means of recovery following a near-fatal road-traffic accident in 1987 in Ireland.  I feel most engaged when I am in the process of creating something new – when all the pieces start to fall together and the meaning, the soul of the art, emerges.

I also write poetry and have been published in the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets’ yearly anthologies as well as other publications.  

More examples of my work can be seen on my website, www.janetkolstein.com.

 

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