As We See Art Group’s intriguing collaborative approach:
As a group we wanted to approach the challenge in a collaborative way. Previously, for fun, we had experimented in a very small way with each member of the group contributing and placing their own marks onto one painting. The result was quite surprising and the 30x30x30 challenge presented a perfect opportunity for us to experiment more with this process.
Collaborative works have their own challenges. You have to relinquish control of the artwork, it is no longer your own as in our case six different people were working on each canvas. The way in which an artist makes their marks is very individual so we found we had to respond to a diversity of marks without any preconceived ideas about how a work may develop. This process was therefore quite liberating, we could do anything, but at the same time difficult, what do I do next on a particular work.
We wanted the works to have a rich textured quality achieved through collage and building the paint in layers. We have used acrylic paint as it dries quickly so we would not disturb the previous artist’s contribution. Each painting was rotated around each member of the group at least a dozen times.