Student Collages on the Theme of Personality Traits

The artist’s words about her collage: “It is about the difference between public mask and private reality. After the performance is over and the make-up is removed, what do you see in the mirror?  Who are you after the glory? Maybe you are lonely.”

Collaborative collage, Catherine Raine and a student who left a partially-finished piece behind.
Detail from “Be Open and Not Withdrawn”

Milk Door, a Photo-poem by Catherine

When soldiers returned to father the Boomers,
this house had a miniature door
for bottles to enter full and leave empty,
waiting to turn milk-opaque again.

After the rise of supermarkets, the portal changed to a window,
six milky panes slap-spackled in the brick,
intimate economies traded
for plastic jugs, sloshing bags, and Snippits.

Today, morning rays tremble where hinges once swung,
and light is the currency of nourishment.
Absence has punched through the wall,
dispensing with chiseled finesse.
But thanks to the glass, tactless bricks
do not efface the door’s memory.

Instead, as stained-glass surrenders to water,
transparency releases pools of color,
visual sighs for the lost,
and prayers for anguished strength
to carry memories of the dead.

Six thick panes for discarded cradles,
rusty skate keys, and faded bowling prizes.
One shelf for the clink of empties, echoes of booming demands to grow up strong.

Milk door to window,
necessary to obsolete.
What shines can seed the deepest soil.
And what empties to nothing
holds rivers of radiant ghosts
that shimmer, swirl, and eddy in aching gold.

Collage Assortment (2016-2019)

Symphony of Waves, Catherine Raine 2016
Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Aquatic Garden, Catherine Raine 2017
Aquatic Garden, 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

Dancing Paper Figure for Greta, Catherine Raine 2017
Memorial Candle for Dad, Catherine Raine 2017
Algonquin Park Dream, Catherine Raine 2017
Embodied Road Trip, Catherine Raine 2017
Shadows of Two Thistles, Catherine Raine 2017
Detail from Shadows of Two Thistles, Catherine Raine 2017
Be, Catherine Raine 2018
Be, Catherine Raine 2018
Space Flapper, Catherine Raine 2018
Detail from Space Flapper, Catherine Raine 2018
Subway Returns to Nature, Catherine Raine 2018
Evolution of a Resting Silence, Catherine Raine 2018
Detail from Evolution of a Resting Silence, Catherine Raine 2018
1984 Journal, Catherine Raine, 2019
Detail from 1984 Journal, Catherine Raine 2019
Fire Cactus, Catherine Raine 2019
The Fox and Her World, Catherine Raine 2019
Katie’s Spring Flower Show, Catherine Raine 2019
Daydream in Green, Catherine Raine 2019
Detail from Daydream in Green, Catherine Raine 2019
Detail from Daydream in Green, Catherine Raine 2019