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COLLAGES

August 6, 1998

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A Lawrence artist is beginning to introduce her works to galleries.

Lawrence artist Jackie Morris loves to pull out the drawers of her upstairs cabinet and look at the handmade papers she uses to build her mixed-media collages.

Some are heavy and corrugated like cardboard. Others are transparent or have flecks of green leaves or brown wood chips imbedded in them. Other sheets are marbled or embossed.

What fascinates Morris is how paper can be layered to create the depth, rhythm and patterns of weaving. In addition to paper, she uses color, shadows, objects such as ribbon, bark and foil, graphite drawings and pieces of lithographs to construct her works.

Morris said she had no formal art training until she enrolled at Kansas University to pursue a printmaking major.

``I began making collages out of paper because it was less involved,'' she said, recalling the screens and paints needed for printmaking.

Morris' first solo show is being exhibited through Aug. 29 at Do's Deluxe and the Velvet Chair, 416 E. Ninth.

``For years I didn't make much art,'' she said. ``Five years ago, I decided it was important to the core of who I am. I'm happier since I've been doing my art.''

How Morris goes about creating her works is simple: She manipulates the papers into an interesting design or she draws thumbprint sketches on small pieces of paper so she can refer to them later.

``I'm surprised how much it changes from that point,'' she said, referring to the evolution of her works.

Her ``Special Delivery'' combines ribbon, various papers and postage stamps. An interesting part of the work is a small black image made with a body stamp Morris purchased on a trip to Venezuela.

Her ``Pink Salmon Exhibition,'' a lithograph with applied colors and various papers, evokes an image of a salmon swimming upstream.

Not content to get in a paper collage rut, Morris hopes to do more printmaking, drawing and acrylic painting in the future.

``And I hope to have more shows,'' she said. ``It's not as scary as I thought it would be.''

-- Jan Biles' phone message number is 832-7146. Her e-mail address is jbiles@ljworld.com.

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