HEY!! What I am about to write in no way is meant to describe or assume your feelings as the creator, nor am I suggesting in any way that my view of this piece is anywhere near correct and should not be taken as a critique.
Instead, I am helping a friend of mine understand what I see in this and why I am so emotionally moved:
It says "Temperment is important. but life... Exploded view"
This means to me that is it good to have a control of yourself but there is no control for life. The film at the top represents your life and at this point, the film has been torn - life either is destroyed by the uncontrolable, or it ceases and ends in death which we can do nothing about.
It could mean that No matter what you do to better yourself, it could all be for nothing.
ML, thanks so much for this careful reading of the piece. I have to refrain from saying, "Yeah, you got it" because even to me the piece remains somewhat open. But - yeah, everything you got is there. I really appreciate this comment, and hope it speaks to your friend.
but that means I attract good peers. They are free thinkers, respect me enough to disagree and show me things I could not have arrived at in my own head alone.
Turns out I read art the way a child puts on his father's shoes. Clumby and curious but wanting to "get there" through being there - my heart is the intake valve. This taints my view whereas my friend has a crisp clarity I'll never stop marveling at - his air filter is his intake.
Glad it was your piece and a few others that were the ones to bring about powerful learning curves for the boths of us.
I'll just add - for me, any way of slowing down and taking time with a piece of art, whether from the heart or head or anywhere else, is a good thing. Engagement, beyond the fast, "I like it" or "I don't like it." Though I'm not discounting those, they're the way in - and maybe what we come back to later.
an exploded view of over-exposure, conveys to me a feeling of loss, and the text relates that feeling to life, and to _ove. I really admire the way your able to create feelings in these collages you do.
...old film gives such a sense of something captured and something that has passed away, at the same time... very nostalgic, even apart from the fact of taking digital photos now, which adds to it. I found these strips in an old box of pictures - we haven't shot on film in quite a few years - and they immediately said "use me in a collage."
The film strip looks like a bombed building. The brilliant sky behind is reassuring, yet inviting in a passionate way (definitely not temperate, perhaps suicide-bomber-approving God-like?). The words can be read in a number of ways, some of them disturbing. This seems to be more literal than much of your other work yet at the same time, it's more conceptual (at least what I call "conceptual" and remember who you're talking to here!). It's always interesting to watch you.
Thanks for the great reading of the piece and great comment, weeds. I didn't see the sky part that way, but you're right that it could in there. And you picked up on the literal/conceptual nature of this one, quite exactly. I could read this one to you like a book - but my reading is not "the" reading. This is the third version of the card - each of the previous ones failed visually or had an assembly glitch, but had something I wanted - so I kept taking it apart and putting it back together - finally it seemed right.
I can see the precision and know from experience it is not some sleight-of-hand that makes it happen. Just plain hard work (and plenty of repositioning. To me, maybe because of where I live, the piece puts me in a Twin Towers nosedive. Very strong stuff.
it's okay, i'm a trained collage profe... no, wait a minute, i'm not... i'm not trained at all. so let me see, is everyone all right? yup, yup... you're okay too? all right then, no one was hurt (we'll fix that up in a minute, i'm trying to talk to mr. free here, just keep pressure on it) but, uh, don't try this at home!
Aaah I don't know what it is about your collages, but I love them! I wish I had the patience to do collages. In my whole life, I only remember doing one collage, and I have no idea where it disappeared lol Twas A2 size; don't get how somethin so big could disappear. Then again you could easily hide an elephant in our appartment
would you mind if I printed some of your collages and somehow made an entire wall of collages in my future room? (we're moving out in a week)
Thanks from the kind words! You're right about patience - some of my friends can do pieces very quickly, but it almost always takes me a while. I usually have several in various states from just-started to nearly done - helps with the frustration level.
Funny how things get lost
I wouldn't mind at at all if you printed some of my collages, I'm flattered. Please help yourself!
that's the thing- I find it very difficult to do this. I always work on one piece at a time, except with my college projects =/ even then I find it very frustrating to work on several projects at the same time.
Thanks a bunch, and I'll definitely take a picture of the wall when it's done