Thursday, 31 May 2012
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
I've been trying to loosen up my approach to collage—be more spontaneous and less obsessive/compulsive about it. So I've been studying the Dadas and the Surrealists. This collage is inspired by the work of one of my favorite artists from that period, Hans Arp (1887-1966). He did a series of "automatic drawings" that influenced me when I was cutting out the black shapes.
The background is of a bunch of people trying to break the world's record for the largest "raft" of kayaks. The photo is by Nancie Battaglia.
Ignoring the Unusual Rainbow and the Pretty Dancers, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill Only Had Eyes for the Sheep
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Friday, 25 May 2012
That funny little watercolor of Chang & Eng, the original Siamese twins, really caught my eye: their clothes and hats, not to mention the racket, include every hue in the rainbow except orange! So I added orange (a lovely textured Japanese silk paper that didn't scan well) and stirred in some other stuff.
Fascinating fact about Chang & Eng: They wanted to be separated, because they had different personalities and habits; but doctors always said there must be something vital in the band of tissue between them, so the operation would be too risky. After they died, an autopsy was done. It turned out the band was just fibrous tissue—no nerves, no arteries, no veins, nada.
P.S. I posted this earlier, but I felt something was missing from the collage. I wanted to expand on the theme of Chang and Eng trying to escape from "the ties that bind"—the big rope of grey fibers. My husband suggested a triangle of another color opening up like a road for Chang and Eng to travel on. Pink flowers seemed to do the trick.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Monday, 21 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
I saw these ancient Sumerian (c. 2750 BC) figures, a group of about twelve, and it seemed like they were begging to be released from the rather dark and boring photograph they were in. So I clipped out five and gave 'em a new setting. (I don't know how those artifacts got into the blown-up version. It looks better here.)
Friday, 18 May 2012
After Her Affair Ended, Suzette Sought Solace Along the Seine By Playing Solitaire and Performing An Occasional Card Trick for The Passing Handsome Stranger
Photo of Eiffel Tower and Seine from a book on France - this page has been sitting on my work table for some time, just waiting. Lovely hands holding deck of cards from a vintage magazine advertisement.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
This is just my second black-&-white collage, and I must say, it was fun to make! It seems like the composition is easier to figure out when you don't have color to deal with.
Background (big propeller, small people) is part of the business end of the Olympic, sister ship to the Titanic. Figures in upper right are Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Gentleman standing in water is Alfred Kidd, who based his 93-pound steam-powered model on the Empress of Britain, a Canadian ocean liner sunk by a U-boat in 1940 (photo taken 1953). Tendril thingies from a photograph by Lisa Elmaleh. Words from an ad for Levi's.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
My husband talked me into posting this one, on the grounds that it has party streamers...
Car is a 1955 Oldsmobile 88. Photo of orangutan by Frans Lanting. Contortionist is from an engraving based on a painting by Pieter Brueghel. The streamers are from a micrograph of some kind of cells, but I lost the legend—I'm guessing neurons in the hippocampus of a rat. I don't know what grammar book "Weaknesses to Avoid in Writing Sentences" came from, but the paper was so old and/or cheap, it fell to pieces when I glued it.
If this collage seems wary, uncertain, poised in an odd position, it's because that's how I've been feeling lately. One kinda cool thing in my life just took place, but another thing that would be really cool, if it happens, is up in the air right now.
So...hey! by the way, I think it's amusing that's a '55 Olds, because that's the year I was born. Man the '50s seem like ancient history to me. Can you believe that for Halloween in 1959 I went as a beatnik? =laugh= But the car's not bad to look at. I noticed when I was cutting it out that it has little breasts underneath the headlights: they're parking lights or turn signals or something, but they look exactly like little glass breasts.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Happy Mother's Day To Everyone Who Is One...Be It Mother To A Child or A Cat or A Bird or A Reptile or A Dog or A Doll!
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
The Little Woman Watched As Her Husband Relaxed and Paid No Attention To the Fact That Bobby Was About To...
Sunday, 6 May 2012
I purchased several antique architectural plates from an antique shop years ago and rediscovered them recently. Perfect for this challenge. Each window had 12 panes and I started cutting them out very carefully but alas the strips dividing each pane started getting cut out as well! The painting of the sunset is from a circa 1943 magazine ad. I am sorry I did not note the name of the artist before I glued it behind the plate. The blue bird is from a thrift store find - an unused memory journal.