Marilyn Sandau, our Featured Artist for January-February, 2016, has been creating collage/mixed media for about 15 years but only within the past seven years, after retiring from teaching special education for 32 years, has she had more time to work in her studio. She has had no formal art training, but has attended many classes and workshops including Art Fest in Port Townsend, Art and Soul in Portland, OR, Art is You in Petaluma, CA, Create/Seattle as well as other workshops in the area.
She began her art explorations with rubber stamping, quickly moving on to paper collage and then to mixed media, adding paint and objects, such as lace, cheesecloth, rusted items, and gears to her pieces.
“I believe that the seed of my fascination with collage began many years ago when I was an undergraduate and my college had an exhibit of the work of Joseph Cornell. I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of totally unrelated items into a satisfying whole. Add to this my love of puzzles and thus evolves a love of collage. Making a collage is like working a puzzle, moving the pieces around until they “fit”, paying attention to color, movement, and shape. I first started making collages about eleven years ago but did not really have much time to devote to it until I retired six years ago.”
Marilyn’s work has been accepted into numerous juried shows in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where she received an award in the mixed media division, and into numerous shows in Port Townsend at Northwind Arts Center, where she currently shows her work. She has also had solo shows at various locales in the area. Marilyn is a member of the Northwest Collage Society and the Port Ludlow Artists’ League.
Marilyn is from the East Coast and now resides in lovely Port Townsend, WA.