Saturday, October 28, 2006


This collage began when a piece of 1950s magazine art picturing a little girl and her carriage was lying next to the modern black and white magazine photo of the woman on my counter. The 2 pieces of found paper seemed to be in contradiction to one another. The lifetime changes that a woman can allow or embrace seemed explained in these 2 pieces of paper.

I decided to allow the little girl to provide the only splash of color in the collage. I think this adds a sense of magic to her. I wanted the rest of the collage to stay in the same palette as the background color. The woman in black and white provides a stark contrast. I reinforced the contradiction by facing the woman away from the little girl, as if she is turning her back on the child. The linocut iris print and a wash of gold paint help outline the contrast.

I added the torn playing card, because turning away from your childhood persona is a gamble.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Baked Cheeseburger

This collage makes me smile for 2 reasons.

The first reason is the whimsical art deco feel. The black and white tissue paper and the green and white wallpaper scrap remind me of an old diner. The cheeseburger recipe makes me think of the comfort food on the menu, simple and safe. I can just picture a 1950s diner with folks eating cheeseburgers, frenchfries, and drinking sodas.

I also love that the collage works against a central composition no no of not placing an area of interest in the center. The recipe with the block print of female forms is center stage.