Making a frame with a mat
Now, to prepare for the watercolor group exhibition to be held from July 1st, I have selected the picture below among the drawings I have drawn.
After selecting a picture and putting it in a frame, the full-scale exhibition preparation begins.
The mat (“mount” in British English, or passé-partout in French) is a sheet of paper that resides between the image and the frame, creating a field of light or color around the picture. A mat provides multiple functions, both protective and aesthetic.
And I put these two pictures in one frame and made a frame like the one above.
Adding a mat in the frame has an aesthetic effect, but the mat also serves to protect the painting itself. Inside the sealed frame, the mat protects the picture from moisture, A mat creates space between the artwork and the glass or acrylic in the frame, protecting the painting surface.
From the begining, a mat was part of the frame and was made of wood. At the same time, for paper art or book pages, the mat was drawn around the main image right on the top of a piece of paper. It meant to emphasize the importance of an image, as if separating it from the frame and drawing in the eye’s attraction.
In this times, the mat has become an art form in itself. There are many opinions about whether to use mats or not. However, in terms of aesthetics and protection of the painting itself, mats play an important role.
Myungja Anna Koh