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Darla McKenna

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surrealism, mixed-media, abstract, mixed media, collage, photo-montage


Each work brings a voice where words could not describe my own journey. Magazine imagery is ready clip-art, snipped out of context, manipulated and built to form new meaning. I choose images subconsciously and let my instinct direct the structure. It is a process of free-association and deep-rooted discovery. Like listening to a song in a foreign tongue, the beauty of the song can be enjoyed nonetheless. The outcome is mysterious and beautiful.

My process is simple: paper, Xacto-knife, scissors and glue. I usually cut from vintage magazines. The collage process derives from my need to organize and categorize. Much time is spent placing images together and examining relationships, both formal and conceptual.

Recent Exhibits

Darla McKenna participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2016 Gallery Route One’s 31st annual Juried Show 2016 “AQUA”
Gallery Route One
Feb, 2014 Unique Surfaces: A Collage
Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery
Nov, 2009 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Glue
College of Marin Fine Art Gallery
Apr, 2009 Mixed Metaphors and Obsessive Compulsive Behavior
Michael Rosenthal Gallery
Jan, 2009 Assemblage + Collage + Construction
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History @ the McPherson Center
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