For one of my first explorations into abstract collage I found a picture of a Brazilian slum.  The first thing I had to do was figure out why this National Geographic photograph stuck out to me.  I realized it was not content of the houses on a hill but in the intricate overlapping of color shapes, their interaction with each other and their spacial arrangement.  Thus I thought to replicate the idea of overlapping color shapes in a collage to serve as reference material for a later painting.


Original Reference Material w/ Palette


Benjamin P. Gorichanaz-Rivas
Favela, 2015
Collage on Gessoed Paper
17.78 cm × 27.94 cm (7 in × 11 in)

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