Saturday, February 09, 2008

Free Space

This is one of my favorite collages. It started with a very Robert Motherwell like painted background. I added the vintage text for a novel and the vintage bingo papers. The large numbers contrast the small type on the page of the novel. I added the picture of a woman to the center. This contradicts one of the leading guidelines for good composition. I then inked a linocut of an iris with red ink, and printed it directly on the collage. The end result is dramatic.
The title Free Space is borrowed from the bingo card center space. In my mind that woman is dreaming about freedom from her conventional society ties and the "Free Space" that awaits her if she dares to break free.