Thursday, August 8, 2013


Whenever I am in the midst of chaos, I want to paint. I want to collage. I want to draw. I want to drop everything that is important, that has a deadline, that is confining me to "real life" and I want to create art. So instead of continuing my quest to pack up all of my worldly possession last night, I did something that I felt was equally as important - I tore pictures out of magazines. Well, pieces of pictures, anyway. And in my defense, I'll be recycling said magazines as soon as I'm done going through them, so it's sort of contributing to my packing progress.

Now I can appreciate a good fashion ad or campaign spread. The time and energy that is poured into these creative endeavors in order to grace the pages of a fashion magazine is astonishing. The end result is beautiful. But once I stop admiring the photographers skill at capturing the perfect moment, when I stop admiring the designer's genius, when I stop admiring the set design and the overall vision of the shoot, my focus changes and I see the smaller aspects of the shot. I see the textures. I see a section of a photo that has white painted brick. I see a corner of an ornate gold frame. I see gritty asphalt. I see the minute details that helped pull the shoot together, even though the main focus is obviously the clothing. And while some people may say the model is the focus, the reality of things is that he or she is a prop used to display the product and help bring it to life. But that's a whole different story.

I tear out these pieces to create something different. You might say that it's not really my own work since I didn't produce the material I'm working with, but I'd argue that it's simply appropriation. I tend to use things that aren't going to be blatantly recognizable in the sense that you won't know exactly where I plucked that flower from or what photo those planks of weathered wood were originally from. Like the birthday card I made for Jenn, you won't necessarily be able to tell me where each of those red textures came from, but you could probably figure out what publication I took the jellyfish from if you did enough research. One of my favorite places to pick textures from though, is the Restoration Hardware catalogue. It's a gold mine for textures, which is where this stack came from.

Collage isn't new to me. I've been making them for well over 10 years and as an Art major in college, I did my fair share of projects, like these blocks, which were from a series of 12.

While these aren't necessarily my best pieces, they were appropriate for what I was working on then. I certainly feel as though the aesthetic quality of my work has evolved over time, which could be because I'm putting more emotion into what I do these days rather than merely fulfilling an assignment.

I currently have a plethora of paper pieces just waiting to be used. I just need to find the time and the inspiration to complete something. That time seems to be now, but with everything I still need to accomplish before Sunday, it wouldn't be very wise for me to start assembling collages just yet. If only there were a way for me to be a full time artist, I think I'd be a much happier individual.


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