The Wonders of Winter - Sylvia Bandyke
12" x 12"
Typically I keep an eye open for interesting reflections, light patterns, views of a subject. I try to find hidden beauty in everyday life that hopefully will inspire others to do the same. I like using the collage format to integrate associated images into a cohesive unit that is even more compelling because of the embedded story. Having been a playwright and technical writer, I am used to delivering content with a message. So now as a visual communicator, I continue to provide meaning via the structure of the collage format, wherein the four photos confirm, augment or even contradict each other if warranted. I enjoy offering the richness that the multiplicity of images provides along with the impact gained through thoughtful positioning of them. Ultimately my intent is to have my work act as a doorway to the viewer’s own mental and emotional framework regarding the collection of images, perhaps finding their own very personal meaning in them.
I launched my use of the collage format in five consecutive years of exhibiting in the Grand Rapids, MI ArtPrize event starting in 2014. As a member of Artists’ Society of Dearborn (MI), I exhibited in the juried ASD Spring ‘18/‘19 shows (won 1st in photography in '19). In ‘18/’19/’20, displayed locally in juried exhibitions of the Dearborn Community Arts Council (won honorable mention in ’20), Muskegon Museum of Art, City of Livonia, Detroit Scarab Club, Midland Center for the Arts, Northville Art House and the Three Cities Art Club. In ‘19 was also included in national juried exhibits at galleries in MA, CT, VA, WA, OR, IL, NC, CO, NY and in online international juried exhibitions of Linus Galleries, APERO Catalogue and Light Space & Time Art Gallery. Now in ’20 juried into shows in TX, MS, MN, CA, KS, FL.