Since I’m concentrating on my writing my paper this weekend, I won’t be spending too much time in the studio. However, I though this would be a good time to give an update on how my daily tasks are going. I’m still doing the collages using the photos of possible friends of my grandmother. I’ve decided to limit myself in one way. I am randomly picking 2 photos from the pile, without seeing them first, and then I make the collage using only these 2 images. Sometimes I like what comes out of it, and sometimes it does nothing for me. Below are my favorites. Comments are below each one.
I really like this one because of the friction of the mood. You have a woman looking at the camera, relaxing in a chair, and in perfect focus without worrying about the action going on around her. Then, you have a horse race in the background, jockeys rushing to finish first in a blurry quick motion. This collage makes a comment on how people should slow down more, and reduce the stress in their lives. If you slow down, you can think clearer and weigh your options before you make a decision and move forward thoughtfully. If you go though life too fast and out of focus you miss a lot of details worth slowing down for.
This collage has a mysterious quality that I really like. The tall stairwell overpowers the house next door so much that it feels like the stairs lead to another world. Carrying only her purse, perhaps she is leaving for only a short while. The neighbor on the porch is witness to the journey.
This one has a playful humor to it. The lady in the shiny dress opens the gift, only to find happy little people. Do you think she expected that?
I’m still having fun playing with the scale of people. This play on perception was an unexpected surprise. Of course, the stance the bigger figure has leaning on her friend’s shoulder would not be able to truly happen. I love the shape of the street light in this picture.
Two women in bathing suits looking at the same thing with their surroundings fading away from the left. Are they looking at the future? The man in the background is look the other way. Maybe he is not ready for the future.
This one is just silly, and that is probably why I like it. I mean, the baby is in the middle of the table. It looks to me like she is trying to show them something. Maybe it is something bigger than we can see with our eyes.
I am still really enjoying making a collage every day. Not thinking too much about which photos I use together and picking them out randomly has really taken a lot of pressure off the idea of concept. I am letting the concept take shape on its own without over thinking.
I think it is important that I be thoughtful too, which is why I have other things going on at the same time, but my challenge has been to find the balance between the two. I think most artists struggle with this balance.
My questions to you:
1. Do you respond to any of the collages above? Why?
2. Do you feel like there is any theme developing? What?