I agree with fredfree - this is a visual poem - not quite a haiku, but close. I love how it hints elusively at meaning, but gets the reader / viewer to do the interpretative work. (I don't like didactic collages, although sometimes I am prone to making them!) And it's cool that it's so small - I can imagine keeping it on my desk and meditating on it often.
tell me when you do such works , do you start usually from an idea and try to illustrate it , or do you go with the moment inspiration and aim to visually interesting and harmonious compositions ? never tried collages ...
I've just been doing it by inspiration and intuition, I have a pile of scraps, I pick a couple and see what develops. Shapes start to emerge and then sometimes I need certain elements that I try to find. In this one, it was all together except the scrap of text, which is there because the word "approval" matches the smile--that one I looked for.
I think one could begin with an idea and have it come out just as well, but for me, the collage is a break from my other work that is all verbal and has to be logical, following rules of grammar, punctuation, etc. Sometimes I have to write in meters that set by composers. Collage is fun, I recommend it. It does get messy, with piles of magazines, newspapers, scraps!
yes i might try it one day i think my approach will be like yours , intuitive . i always follow my instincts in photography , also because my real work requires a lot of discipline and concentration . art is the dream field and i try to keep it that way .