Welcome one and all!

This is madcollage.com and I'm glad you are here for a visit. Read a bit about me and also purchase giclee prints of your favorite collages directly from the maker. No middle man and no hidden costs. It would be brilliant if you did. Thank you!
 

So how did it all start for me? I was a sickly child with a boundless imagination and lots of time on my hands. Though I loved sports, most of my time was organized around indoor creative pursuits: making things with cardboard boxes, scissors, and glue. I created televisions, puppet theaters, pinball machines, dollhouses, and loads and loads of drawings in between. I loved scented markers, clay, messy aprons and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils. I still do.

As an adult, I have dealt with chronic pain for the last seventeen years. By now I only manage to work in between pain episodes. It's frustrating not having control over my health, but I try to save all of my energy to work in the studio. It's not an exact science, but occasionally I have a good run and I work for a few days in a row. I do what I can.

In addition to the physical pain, anxiety and depression are my most faithful companions. That's how I know that the stigma surrounding mental illness is still real and pervasive: I encounter it often in many of my interactions, both in person and online. It makes me really sad, and concerned for others going through similar situations. The only antidote is transparency and honesty, and I strive to practice both.

It is my intention to take at least one brick out of that ugly wall of silence by considering mental well-being as the core issue behind all my classes. We are pushing back on the anxiety, the fear, the feelings of inadequacy, and the isolation one collage at a time. You might think it is an insignificant contribution, but I have seen what a kind word at the right time can mean for someone who is suffering. Every class is a step in the right direction. A step towards connection, clarity, confidence and self-acceptance. Won’t you join me in taking the first steps in this long and difficult journey? It's always easier together.

What else is interesting about me? I'm not sure...I am a traveler who, unintentionally became an immigrant. I love to garden. My brain is like a Vitamix on full blast. I am anxious and prone to melancholy. I absolutely love animals above all else.  I enjoy movies from the 1930s and 1940s. I hate cheese, and I loathe beer. Living in Vermont is challenging as a result. The tick armageddon doesn't help either.  

My work always flows from my formative years in Spain. The very name of this website is a nod to my old stomping grounds. MAD is short for Madrid, and I miss my city very much. I remember my neighborhood, my elementary school, my grandparents' home, the parks and streets that are no longer outside my door. I recreate them between the layers of paper and glue. I try to blend the old with the new, but home is, and always will be, Madrid. That city defines me and my artwork more than anything else. 

​So my images grow from the confluence of memory and imagination. I create them with care, slowly layering paper, paint, and transfers. Sometimes there is a straight line between thought and execution, but other times the work surprises me with a magical twist. I love the process no matter what the end result and (health permitting) I make collages daily. You won't find all of them here, but I hope you like the pieces that made the cut. 

I'm a big proponent of Art Education in schools, and now I teach creativity and collage techniques online to adults and teens. Studio classes (zoomies if online) are perfect for practicing new skills and for finding inspiration. They create community. I benefit greatly from being creative and I want everyone to partake of the experience. It's very stimulating to share ideas and work in progress. I strive to make each class fun and informative. Everyone succeeds no matter their level of proficiency. Take the plunge and connect through Art. It's liberating and soothing.

Resume and Professional Activities

cristina clarimon

Born in Madrid, Spain

Lives & works in Williston, VT

 

Cristina Clarimon attended the Escuela de Bellas Artes at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and briefly The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts and a Masters in Art Education from the University of New Mexico.

 

Her work has been exhibited in galleries in the Southwest, Florida, Oregon, Vermont and California. She was selected to show in the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts, the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, the Arts Center in St. Petersburg (Florida) and in the Las Cruces Museum of Art. Her mixed media collages are in collections around the world in Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Scotland, Canada, the United States and Mexico. 


Her pieces are deeply personal both in content and style. She employs a variety of transfer and drawing techniques, and particularly enjoys creating traditional handmade collages.

 

She prefers to work in a traditional way, avoiding the digitalization of the original work, while always in search of rich surfaces and unexpected effects. Her pieces are built up layer by layer with patience, skill and tolerance, to allow the image to develop on its own terms.  


If all artwork is self portrait, as the great Oscar Wilde said, her collages reflect her commitment to lifting the veil on mental health issues. Despite living with several chronic conditions and daily pain, her collages are peaceful and thoughtful. They have a quiet and even pulse that allows the mind to wander, to imagine beyond what is visible. She immerses herself in her work and finds comfort in the process of making each piece. Collage is a therapeutic practice perfectly suited to mitigating her CPTSD symptoms and help make them manageable. 

Education

M. Ed. in Art Education, Graduated with distinction 2002
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM

B.A. in Fine Arts/Spanish 1997 

University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM

Guest Artist/Student. Art Institute of Chicago 1988

Professional Activities

TLDF workshops
Creativity facilitator

Williston, VT 2019- present

 

Madcollage online Zoomies

Online creativity and collage teacher

2020- present

 

Access CVU

Creative collage instructor

Hinesburg, VT 2018 - present 

Stuck on You: Creative Collage instructor

Williston Parks & Recreation

Williston, VT 2017 - present

Publications

Murze Magazine - Conscious

Issue 11, April 2020

Flyway Journal of Writing and Environment Iowa State University, Spring 2020

Masters of Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists

Lark Books 2010

Awards 

Woman on the Move 2005 YWCA NM

Watercolor Society Award 2007

Encantada RGAA

Albuquerque, NM
 

Exhibitions

Vermont Studio Center Residency Program, Johnson, VT. August 2020.

 

III Mini Print Cantabria
Faro Cabo Mayor Art Center
Santander, Cantabria, Spain. August 2020

 

Juried Group Show - ART IN ISOLATION, Envision Arts Online Gallery. April 2020

 

Group Show - ANEW @ Amy E. Tarrant Gallery. Burlington, VT. February 2020

Group show - Small Works. SPACE Gallery @ The Soda Plant. Burlington, VT. January 2020

Collage Garden Cartagena - Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia 2019

Cut & Paste - Edinburgh Collage Collective, Scotland 2019

Metamorphosis Art - Gallery Atelier Casa Mexicana​, Bari, Italy 2019

Group Show - Rokeby Museum Contemporary Art Show, Ferrisburgh, VT 2019

Group Show - Small Works The Space Gallery Burlington, VT 2019 
 

Growing Food, Growing Community VCGN, New Moon Café

Burlington, VT 2017

Selected Works ArtHaus66 Gallery

Albuquerque, NM  2009

Piedra, Papel, Lienzo y Tijeras: Contemporary Spanish Artists II 

ArtHaus66 Gallery

Albuquerque, NM 2008

Lane Community College School of Art & Applied Design  

Eugene, Oregon 2008

 

Travesia Poetica: Contemporary Spanish Artists

ArtHaus66 Gallery

Albuquerque, NM  2008

Project Creo: Bytes & Pieces

The Arts Center

St. Petersburg FL  2007

                             

Originals 2007

The Harwood Museum of Art

Taos, NM 2007

 

Retorspective

Flying Star Downtown

Albuquerque, NM  2007

Family Ties

Galerie Gang

Ijmuiden, Holland

April 2007

Desert Blooms

ArtHaus66 Gallery

Albuquerque, NM 2007

Fragile 

N4th Gallery

Albuquerque, NM 2007

Small is More

Harwood Art Center

Albuquerque, NM 2006

Choice Art

Downtown Contemporary Art Center

Albuquerque, NM 2006

Paper Trail

ArtHaus66 Gallery

Albuquerque, NM 2006

Life and Liberty after 9/11

Las Cruces Museum of Art

Las Cruces, NM 2006

Small Treasures

ArtHaus66 Gallery

Albuquerque, NM 2006


Encantada RGAA

Fairgrounds

Albuquerque, NM May 2006

Art & Spirit

Ushasti Gallery

Albuquerque, NM 2006

Small is More

Harwood Art Center

Albuquerque, NM  2005

Originals 2005

Museum of Fine Arts

Santa Fe, NM  2005

Visitations

Harwood Art Center

Albuquerque, NM  2005

Imago

Arte Loca Gallery

Bernalillo, NM 2004

Eidola

Harwood Art Center

Albuquerque, NM 2003 

My Wicked Valentine

Harwood Art Center

Albuquerque, NM  2000
 


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