I don’t remember what this image is. I harvested it from a stack of old postcards uncovered in my father-in-law’s belongings after he passed away. And then I transformed it with a wash of gesso.
The couple look outward, and appear a bit distressed. Yet their bodies entwine together, gripping, grasping each other. What or who do I grasp for courage? What key bridges certain pains? How does confidence help me? When does faking confidence help me? These questions fueled this collage, especially once I pieced the text together.
Right now the key that is bridging certain pains is knowing that I have a break from teaching, students, meetings, and super early mornings; that my husband will be home to greet me; and Oscar the cat will cuddle between my legs when I sleep, willing me to stay in bed a few minutes longer. This collage is all about the key.
Transform a found image using gesso, acrylic paint or some other kind of masking technique. Find an uninspiring piece of text, cut out words that seem interesting and rearrange them into a new text. Add other elements to tie the two different techniques together visually and conceptually.
Everyday through December 25th, I’ll be making a 5×5 inch collage, writing a short entry on this blog and sharing a prompt for those who might want to participate along with me. You can follow my progress by subscribing to this blog through the sidebar on the blog homepage, or by following me on Instagram.
The shop will be closed January-March 2023! Look for me again in April. Happy New Year! Dismiss