sum OF THE parts
Life is the summation of a multitude of experiences. Each encounter is influenced by the one that came before it, and the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Such is true for the work of collage artist Fred Otnes. Texture over surface, pattern over image and line over tone, the layers build to create a new reality, one that has evolved over a lifetime. “I’ve grown tremendously as an artist throughout the years,” says Otnes. “I have more depth as a person and therefore have more sensitivity and understanding of what I am doing.” As one looks deeper into the work, the history of the artist and his artistic journey is revealed, one layer upon the next.
“My work is different than someone who has a nailed-down ...