Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Words and images

I've always loved making collages. It was the kind of visual art I was drawn to most as a kid--something about how difficult it was to make a mistake, how a collage wasn't supposed to look like anything in particular. I felt free and nonjudged in a way I didn't when making other art.

As a high schooler, my best friend and I made collages together often. We would pull out pictures that represented what our lives would be like in some far off imaginary future--we'd always live together, near the beach, and date surfers.

I stopped making collages for a while, I think because the act didn't seem all that purposeful--it wasn't like I was going to sell these things or even show them to anyone else. The other day, on a rare day when I had absolutely nothing definitive that I hadto do, an image in a magazine called to me and I got out my scissors and glue stick. I put this one in my current journal, which I realized was a great idea and one I plan to use again. This way I can page through my collages just like I might my journal writing.

On a similar note, I saw a great presentation recently where Poet Steven Cramer read his poems as a slide show of a photographer's pictures played behind him. The two were randomly paired up and were asked to create a show that featured their works resonating off one another. It was very powerful, and it reminded me of the power of words and images when they're used together. So maybe no one will ever ask me to present my collages to an audience, but the presentation made me realize that media that mix words and images are important, and so is the fact that I'm drawn to this particular one. Best Blogger Tips


Becca said...

I like playing around with collages as well. It's relaxing for me, because, as you pointed out, it's difficult to make a mistake!

I like the idea of a collage being an extension of writing in a sense, mixing words and visual images together.

Maybe doing a December collage would be a good "new tradition" ~ a very good suggestion, by the way :)

Tori said...

This is a great post. I haven't thought about collages in a long time and wouldn't you know I was a devoted collage maker in high school and college. I think I might make one soon again. I love using all sorts of magazines and coming up with something that truly reflects me. Maybe I will make a collage on Christmas when I am enjoying my quiet day at home.

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January said...

Happy New Year, Bug! Here's wishing you lots of fiction and nonfiction in 008!

GoGo said...

So are you still posting?

chiefbiscuit said...

I like your collage - well done. BTW - great writing about it too!