Category Archives: Artwork

Heart Mosaic in the Garden

A mosaic of stones, coins, and jewellery had been growing in a garden box since May, but it wasn’t until late August that the idea for a heart shape to contain it took root. Heart-shattered by the hatred in Charlottesville that led to death of Heather Heyer on August 12, gathering these shards and bits of ephemera into a positive pattern helped raise my spirits. A couple of weeks later, I was getting ready to add some more buttons and beads to the mosaic when my neighbour and her four young daughters came over to look at the piece. I entrusted the box of box of embellishments to the girls and went to fetch them some glue. Their artistic sowing of beads, bedazzling of flowers, and gluing of googly eyes to buttons made the mosaic more alive.

Before taking off for a dinner engagement, I went back inside the house again to fetch more supplies and offered some extras for the girls to make their own outdoor art. By the time I returned, a box of soil containing the gorgeous composition below was sitting on my neighbor’s lawn.

The following morning, a Saturday, the box showcased a new arrangement and the words Peace and Love on a smaller box. If only the creative faith this box contains could reach the hearts of people who may have forgotten they once believed in peace, that they too might have lovingly spelled God’s name on a leaf with glue.

Peace and Love

A Collage Assortment

Swirling Fire-Flower Bookmark, Catherine Raine 2016

Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Groovy Goose Collage, Catherine Raine 2017
Detail from Groovy Goose Collage, Catherine Raine 2017
Groovy Goose Collage, Catherine Raine 2017
Detail from Groovy Goose Collage, Catherine Raine 2017
Bookmark and Forest Paper Doll, Catherine Raine 2017
Layers of Orange Bookmark, Catherine Raine 2017
Three Hatted Birds, Catherine Raine 2017
Detail from Three Hatted Birds, Catherine Raine 2017
Detail from Three Hatted Birds, Catherine Raine 2017
Detail from Three Hatted Birds, Catherine Raine 2017
Detail from Three Hatted Birds, Catherine Raine 2017

Sea Urchin of Mystery, Catherine Raine 2017
Symphony of Waves, Catherine Raine 2017
Purple Reaction, Catherine Raine 2017

Dancing Paper Figure for Greta, Catherine Raine 2017
Dancing Paper Figure for Greta, Catherine Raine 2017

Dancing Paper Figure for Greta, Catherine Raine 2017
Memorial Candle for Dad, Catherine Raine 2017

 

Leafy Portal and Carved Rock Collages by Catherine

Catherine Raine, 2015
Catherine Raine, 2015

This photo of an autumnal scene inspired a collage that emerged in spring.

Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Leafy Portal, Catherine Raine 2016
Highland Creek, Catherine Raine 2016
Highland Creek, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016
Carved Rock, Catherine Raine 2016

The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream (Collage and Poem)

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Response to the Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream

Transitions define my body.

Look how the current splashes my legs turquoise,

the moon silks my chest,

and wild solitude cools my nimbus to blue, white, and lavender.

Behold the purple eye that guides my canoe down the Amazon,

riding the night rapids in a dream of passages, openings, and

confluence.

And see how curving shapes in the dark transport me to waterways

that empty into wider and wider rivers

until the open Atlantic receives my vessel at journey’s end.

Shipwrecks and Voyages: A Collage Journey by Catherine

Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015

In this collage series inspired by sea and river voyages, shipwrecks tilt on the ice, abstract shapes go swimming, and an arctic hare chews on a twig. Meanwhile, a famous Norwegian explorer inhabits a turnip-shaped kayak, and a tapir chooses a canoe for his journey downstream.

Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwrecks Tilting on the Ice, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare's Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare’s Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare's Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare’s Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare's Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Hare’s Luncheon Scrapbook, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Kayak, Catherine Raine, 2015
Amundsen’s Kayak, Catherine Raine, 2015
The Tapir's Canoe Journey, Catherine Raine 2015
The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream, Catherine Raine 2015
The Tapir's Canoe Journey, Catherine Raine 2015
The Tapir’s Night Journey Downstream, Catherine Raine 2015

(This collage has a poem to accompany it!)

Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Blues and Grays, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
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Shipwreck Sonogram, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Arctic Map, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Funky Ice Masses, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram's Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram’s Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram's Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Fram’s Homage to Yamato-Gata, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Lingonberry Fram, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Random Frams, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen’s Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen’s Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen's Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Amundsen’s Groovy Sloop, Catherine Raine 2015
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Shapes of Wreckage, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ghost Lake, Catherine Raine 2016
Ship on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Glittership on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Ship on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Glittership on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Ship on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
Glittership on the Apricot Ocean, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot's Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot’s Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot's Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot’s Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot's Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
The Pilot’s Ice Cave, Catherine Raine 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, Catherine Raine 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, Catherine Raine 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, 2016
Ice Dream in Gold, 2016

Two Collages for Dad by Catherine

From the depths of keepsake piles in my mother’s house emerged a Father’s Day card and a birthday gift that I made in the 1970’s. IMG_7105The inside of the Father’s Day card contained a car and some of my thoughts.IMG_7107

Dear dad, I know that your are going to have a happy Father's day because me and Joe well I don't know about Joe but I am going to give you a break and be good for once. Love, Catherine
Dear dad, I know that your are going to have a happy Father’s day because me and Joe well I don’t know about Joe but I am going to give you a break and be good for once. Love, Catherine

IMG_6846The Father’s Day message became the centerpiece for a recent collage in his honor.

Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015
Dear Dad, Catherine Raine 2015

The second piece of 1970’s ephemera was a birthday gift for my dad. It was a hand-taped envelope made from lined notebook paper that contained watches that I’d cut out from magazines.  (The coffee stain is original).IMG_7145IMG_7146The long-ago selected watch photos and text from the card inspired a second collage for my father.

I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn't Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015
I Couldn’t Afford the Real Thing, Catherine Raine 2015

Dad, thank you for keeping the cards that I made for you so many years ago.  And thank you most of all for being such a fun, supportive, and loving father. I miss you!

Frog Tree, Flower Tree, Toad and Heron Collages by Catherine

Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle's Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Michelle’s Frog Tree, Catherine Raine 2015
Toad of Encouragement, Catherine Raine 2015
Toad of Encouragement, Catherine Raine 2015
Toad of Encouragement, Catherine Raine 2015
Toad of Encouragement, Catherine Raine 2015
Denise's Heron, Catherine Raine 2015
Denise’s Heron, Catherine Raine 2015
Denise's Heron, Catherine Raine 2015
Denise’s Heron, Catherine Raine 2015

Living the Moment for David Oliver (1942-2015)

"Living the Moment," Catherine Raine 2015
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine 2015
"Living the Moment," Catherine Raine 2015
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine 2015

Even though I never met David Oliver in person, his larger-than-life presence on Facebook made a deep impression on me. Through a hometown connection to his son Brad, I learned about David’s efforts to create a compassionate model of end-of-life care. I also discovered how much Brad and David loved Rush after a double-strength dose of Oliverian charm persuaded me to send both men Rush stamps from Canada in 2013.

Living the Moment, Catherine Raine 2015
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine 2015
Living the Moment, Catherine Raine 2015
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine 2015

Both in death and in life, David has inspired me, and I hope his love of travel, nature, family, and the black and gold of the Missouri Tigers is reflected in this collage. Brad told me that haiku was one of David’s favorite poetic forms, and the three arches (a reference to trips to Istanbul) each contain one line from a haiku of David’s. May “Living the Moment” do justice to a brave man who embodied the art of living like a cosmic force of joy that came to Earth to be with us for a little while.

"Living the Moment," Catherine Raine
“Living the Moment,” Catherine Raine

Collage Class Freshens Perspective and Technique

As a mostly self-taught collage artist,  I had never studied the medium formally until I took an eight-week course this fall. I am so grateful I decided to attend Donnely Smallwood’s class at the Toronto School of Art, for it helped me look at collage through fresh eyes and taught me new techniques.

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Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Game
Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Game
Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Game
Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Game
Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Game
Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Game
Exquisite Corpse Collaborative Game
Acrylic Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
Acrylic Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
Space Eggs, Catherine Raine 2014
Space Eggs, Catherine Raine 2014
Striation Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
Striation Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
Striation Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
Striation Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
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Tracings with Watercolor Crayons, Catherine Raine 2014
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Tracings with Watercolor Crayons, Catherine Raine 2014
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Tracings with Watercolor Crayons, Catherine Raine 2014
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Tracings with Watercolor Crayons, Catherine Raine 2014
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Tracings with Watercolor Crayons, Catherine Raine 2014
Acrylic Patterns, Catherine Raine 2014
Acrylic Patterns, Catherine Raine 2014
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Acrylic Patterns, Catherine Raine 2014
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Acrylic Patterns, Catherine Raine 2014
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Acrylic Patterns, Catherine Raine 2014
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Acrylic Patterns, Catherine Raine 2014
Bar Code, Catherine Raine 2014
Bar Code, Catherine Raine 2014
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Watercolor Crayon and Ink Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
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Watercolor Crayon and Ink Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
Watercolor Crayon and Ink Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
Watercolor Crayon and Ink Experiment, Catherine Raine 2014
Sofa X-Ray, Catherine Raine 2014
Sofa X-Ray, Catherine Raine 2014
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Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
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Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
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Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
Purple Microbe Planets, Catherine Raine 2014
Twinset Hatch and Fly, Catherine Raine 2014
Twinset Hatch and Fly, Catherine Raine 2014
Hatch, Catherine Raine 2014
Hatch, Catherine Raine 2014
Fly, Catherine Raine 2014
Fly, Catherine Raine 2014
Pendant Tracing, Catherine Raine 2014
Pendant Tracing, Catherine Raine 2014
Pendant Tracing, Catherine Raine 2014
Pendant Tracing, Catherine Raine 2014
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Picture Frame Tracing, Catherine Raine 2014
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Rainbow Tracing, Catherine Raine 2014
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Ghost Flowers, Catherine Raine 2014
Tye-Dye Dream, Catherine Raine 2015
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Tye-Dye Dream, Catherine Raine 2015
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Water Garden, Catherine Raine 2015
Water Garden, Catherine Raine 2015
Water Garden, Catherine Raine 2015
Fruit Salad, Catherine Raine 2015
Fruit Salad, Catherine Raine 2015
Fruit Salad, Catherine Raine 2015
Fruit Salad, Catherine Raine 2015
Echoes of the Zebra, Catherine Raine 2015
Echoes of the Zebra, Catherine Raine 2015
Echoes of the Zebra, Catherine Raine 2015
Echoes of the Zebra, Catherine Raine 2015
Echoes of the Zebra, Catherine Raine 2015
Echoes of the Zebra, Catherine Raine 2015
Echoes of the Zebra, Catherine Raine 2015
Echoes of the Zebra, Catherine Raine 2015
Brownian Movement, Catherine Raine 2015
Brownian Movement, Catherine Raine 2015

 

 

External Validation 1987

Constructing and deconstructing this collage has given me the chance to play with ideas of aging, identity,  and the artifacts of external validation such as grade reports, standardized test scores, photographs, newspaper articles touting achievement, and even a badge from a 1987 teen pageant that I attended at age 18. It felt cathartic to glue down and tear back these defining layers of personal papers, creating something new from the documentary “evidence” of academic perfection and parental approval, examining the official proof of my self-worth.

The following photos show the process of collage and then décollage that constructed External Validation 1987.

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Hold it together, sister
1987 Miss
1987 Miss (fellow contestants)

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Winner of Miss Teen Missouri 1987 (spoiler: it's not me!)
Winner of Miss Teen Missouri 1987 (spoiler: it’s not me!)

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Contestant #101, Catherine Raine
Contestant #101, Catherine Raine

 

My senior-year class photo
My senior-year class photo

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The first tear
The first tear

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Holiday Collages by Catherine

Along with flip flops, sunscreen, and a hat, I did not forget to take my collage bag with me on vacation! I made the following collages on rainy days and quiet evenings in a hotel in Elliot Lake, Ontario.

Autumnal Window, Catherine Raine, 2014
Autumnal Window, Catherine Raine, 2014 (Cat image by Aki Sogabe)
Jump Over the Potion, Catherine Raine, 2014
Jump Over the Potion, Catherine Raine, 2014
Pottery Boat of Solitude, Catherine Raine, 2014
Pottery Boat of Solitude, Catherine Raine, 2014
Pottery Boat of Solitude, Catherine Raine, 2014
Pottery Boat of Solitude, Catherine Raine, 2014
Urn of Fashion Regret, Catherine Raine, 2014
Urn of Fashion Regret, Catherine Raine, 2014
Urn of Fashion Regret, Catherine Raine, 2014
Urn of Fashion Regret, Catherine Raine, 2014