At our last High Fiber Diet meeting Mary, one of our members, showed some small pieces that she had created by cutting up a larger piece of work that never really thrilled her. The resulting small pieces were very nice. I have been thinking about this since then. This is not the kind of "cutting up" where you take an old disappointing piece and whack it into placemats or drink coasters. Rather, it is an exercise in isolating the best parts and pulling them out.
I decided to start small. I had this 12" square piece that was vaguely architectural, but it never really quite worked for me.
I made a little posterboard frame to move around and see if I could identify several small compositions that I liked.
In the end I came up with four tiny compositions. Each is 3.5" square. I like them mounted on a piece of black mat board.
I like the resulting pieces better than the original. Less is more. Very often I think work is made bigger than it should be and the composition becomes much stronger when the artist focuses in on details.
Now I am considering taking my scissors to a larger piece.