A framed, hand made, one-off collage by British artist Kate Black.
Materials: Kate Black is known for her re-use of existing materials to create canvases; box lids, cardboard boxes and in this case, the reverse of opened-out old book covers are utilised. The paper has 'character', still showing its frayed edges and fold lines. Hand drawn, cut-out and painted collaged pieces are assembled within the composition.
Framed in a bespoke box frame: 48 cm x 37cm x 4 cm deep
Kate Black’s Man with Tiger series is a powerful and naive group of original collages using paper and card.
Inspired by Indian miniature painting of the 17th century, which the artist first saw at the seminal The Garden & Cosmos exhibition at the British Museum over ten years ago. The imagery in the paintings, never before seen in Europe, has remained with her and continues to influence her work.
(The Nawab of Jhajjar astride a pet tiger in his garden, opaque watercolour and gold on paper. Collection of Cynthia Hazen Polsky. )
In Kate Black’s four collages a man who could be a yogi or warrior lifts, runs, rests upon and is stood on by a tiger with a grinning mouth. Though striking as a single image, put together in various ways the collages read as a story with four possible endings.