Zoro the Lobster

"Zoro The Lobster", mixed media collage on board, 565x350mm, Charlie Kirkham 2014.
“Zoro The Lobster”, mixed media collage on board, 565x350mm, Charlie Kirkham 2014.

Working with collage has been fun. It’s given me a chance to explore the materiality of the paper a lot more and to find themes in new ways. I added the mask to this little lobster and used an old envelope to give him somewhere homelike under the sea. The motif of the pineapple decoration, from the Masked Ball collage series also comes into play.

Using junk mail, handmade paper, old work, recycling pieces and handouts and combining it all with origami papers gives an eclectic feel. What I have enjoyed a lot is using bits of text just as tonal areas, devoid of the word’s meaning.

For the background under Zoro, our lobster friend, I used a paper weaving technique working with different sides of origami sheets to produce the checker board effect. Cutting the purple-blue fish from the same pattern of paper brings it all together.