Cutting, Collage, Cut-Outs, and Cut-Ups
c0-facilitated with Tessa Paneth-Pollak at Ox-Bow’s Summer Art on the Meadow
Dates: July 12-15, 2-5PM
Faculty: Tessa Paneth-Pollak and Lauren Russell
Tuition Cost: $185
This workshop, led by an art historian and a poet, will explore cutting as a technique of shaping, composing, and editing in both visual art and writing practices. It will introduce participants to the history of cutting as an artistic process through specific historical examples. In conversation with these examples, we will perform daily experiments with distinct subtractive and separative procedures, resulting in several text- and found image-based collage works. We will use these hands-on experiences as bases for daily discussion and visual analysis of their differing implications for creative work.
Tessa Paneth-Pollak is an art historian, curator, writer, feminist, and activist living in Williamston, Michigan. Her research focuses on prewar European modernism and abstraction, especially cutting and collage. She is at work on a book on the cut-outs of Rodin, Arp, and Matisse called Definite Means: The Modernist Cut-Out. Most recently, she was the Director of the LookOut Gallery and other Exhibition Spaces at Michigan State University’s Residential College in Arts & Humanities (RCAH).
Lauren Russell is a poet and writer in hybrid forms. She is the author of Descent (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2020) and What’s Hanging on the Hush (Ahsahta Press, 2017). She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and residencies from the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and City of Asylum/Passa Porta. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, among others. She was assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh from 2016 to 2020. In fall, 2020, she joined the faculty of Michigan State University as an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and director of the RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU.