Since my days in art school, when surprised by the pile of leftover material from the sculptural piece I was making, I have been collecting and reusing 'waste'. From early on, the discarded stuff seemed far more interesting than the art piece. This experience reoccurred several times in my student days.
The combination of this "aha" moment and my learned behaviour of not wasting precious resources, resulted in my particular approach to collage. The distinction between hoarding and what I do, is that these 'waste' materials do not sit in the hopes that they may eventually be useful. They are earmarked for repurposing in other art.
The printmaking process creates lots of waste material. The leftovers, prints on high quality paper, with interesting colours and images, become the raw material that I keep and reuse. These scraps, fragments whether from proofs or imperfects, are also combined with other art and waste materials accumulated over the years.
My representational work is also created utilizing colour and cuts from random art-making cast-offs as are the small works. It's possible that my methodology also stems from doing puzzles in childhood, from the enjoyment of all those seemingly random pieces being assembled to recreate a whole image!
Agnes Ananichuk 2019