Betsy Silverman's art is composed entirely of recycled paper. She references a photo that she has taken to create her collages. Then searches for images & words with the right value, saturation, and color to replicate the original. Works incorporate images and words that are meaningful to the subject, thereby providing an additional layer of meaning. In addition, the image is created from many images with a history of their own. Up close, each collage is a seeming chaotic hodgepodge of images that are unrelated, but from a distance, the pieces all unite to create the image. So much so that many people seeing her work from across a room assume it is a painting.
Betsy has a Master of Architecture degree and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. She lives in Massachusetts and has been visiting Stowe since she was a child.
Betsy's Artist Statement:
My love of paper has continued and branched into different outlets. Its tactile quality, its physicality, provide limitless opportunities for new and intuitive creations. As a medium, it is so readily accessible and so inexpensive.
But, its accessibility and low-cost means it is also often and easily discarded. As such, I feel especially passionate about recycling paper when I can, even if my impact is rather small. My collages incorporate recycled paper from magazines. I love the challenge of transforming the printed image into a new image while preserving bits and pieces of the memory of the paper’s former representation. My works are artistic expressions of a moment in time recreated through photorealism.
My works are made entirely of recycled paper and adhesive. No other medium is added. As such, the works are intensive searches through magazines for the right value, intensity, and meaning to recreate an image