Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Monday, 29 April 2013
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Apparently, many of the black and white Ernst pieces come from his 5 volume book, "Une Semaine De Bonte" (A Week of Kindness), 1934. These collages are mysterious, they have no titles, and there is no text. Here's my moment of untitled creepy kindness. It's a little scifi, and little anatomy, and a little Dore, in homage to Max.
Friday, 26 April 2013
A levigator is a grinder used in the process of stone lithography.
I found the reaching arm/hand in a 1930s magazine ad for a muscle ointment.
I covered the text re: use of the levigator with an antique circa 1900s advertisement for a New York photography studio.
So...I found the advertisement for The Metropolitan Magazine in a March 1900 issue of Vanity Fair (that I paid $30 for! -- time to cut it up I guess). The x-ray hand came from an old science book. The arrow asking you to "BE SURE TO USE THIS RECIPE" is from a 1930s magazine ad.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
After the Homage to Joseph Cornell I thought it would be nice to move on to another collage hero of mine and I'm sure many of yours too. I was thinking in particular the wonderful black and white collages made from old engravings. Have fun!
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
8 x 8 inch frame with glass is from Michael's Arts & Crafts.
Background is an endpaper from an Encyclopedia Britannica.
All of the following elements were attached to the endpaper using double-sided 1/4 inch foam tape, allowing the images to float above the paper:
I have had the lovely antique parakeet & rose scrap in my "to use" box for years.
The Wills's Cigarette Card features singer & actress Eve Becke. Born 1906 as Agnes Winifred Whaler in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, England. She died 2001 in London.
The image of the big-bottom lady is from a Taschen book of Nudes.
Lastly to tie it all together a wooden game piece -- much like a Scrabble tile -- #3.
Monday, 22 April 2013
Sunday, 21 April 2013
The things that have always struck me about Joseph Cornell are: boxes within boxes, asymmetry, star charts, circles, spheres, glass objects containing things, and of course, birds. The bird is a Black-Billed Barbet (Lybius guifsobalito), native to East Africa. The upper left box contains 19th century mineral specimens. The lower left is from an educational chart about development of ants: it's an ant in its egg.
Saturday, 20 April 2013
So, a couple of months ago I was experimenting at 3D collage, and trying to turn some of my older two-dimension pieces into three dimensional boxes. Interesting results. Here's one that started with an old collage called "Clarice, Raised By Crows, Was Ashamed of her Human Face."
Not very much in the tradition of Joseph Cornell, but at least it's some birds in a box...!
Thursday, 18 April 2013
I've attempted making boxed assemblages from time to time - none very successful but it might be fun to try another or maybe just a collage in the Joseph Cornell style. Or maybe just pick a theme he liked , such as Hotels, Birds or Penny Arcades. Have fun!
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
This one isn't about the blues—just me playing around with some of the blue pieces I pulled when Michael announced this week's theme. In an ideal world the big rectangle with the fish wouldn't be tipped: that's what I get for aligning it by eye instead of measuring.
The title is from William James, something that popped into my head while I was working on this. The girl is from a photograph by Jonathan Torgovnik.
Sunday, 14 April 2013
As it happens, I do have the blues. I recently lost a sweet black cat to cancer.
Blue face and hands from a painting by Sarah Joncas. Abandoned sofas and chairs from Bill Keaggy's book, 50 Sad Chairs. Ocean (next to face) by Edward Gorey.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
When Cynthia & Her Mom Were Down in the Dumps They Would Go To the Fabric Shop and Spend Hours Stroking Fabric
Friday, 12 April 2013
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
A couple of months ago a red fox (Vulpes vulpes) sauntered slowly across my suburban front lawn, as bold as brass. I've been a fan of foxes since I was a little girl, so I decided I'd do some serious research on the subject. As it turns out, the red fox is the most widely distributed carnivore on the planet. They've adapted very well to living near humans, and in fact, it's said that there are more red foxes living today than ever before.
So I thought the red fox would fit in with the green theme. I made this collage to show off its flexibility of habitat: the map strips, going from left to right, are a river/marsh area, agricultural land, a city, hills & prairie, and forest.
Monday, 8 April 2013
Sunday, 7 April 2013
I won't try to tell you what all these things are, and it may baffle you some, because they're all at different scales, but they include seeds, spores, and various photosynthetic organisms. It's not all happy springtime news, though, because the light green spheroids are that famous hospital bad guy: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (aka "mrsa").
Like most of my collages, it looks better if you click and view it against black.