Friday, April 18, 2008

Collages

Remember when we used to write in private journals with lovely covers and thick, rich paper?

I used to write in spiral and hard bound journals instead of out here on the Internet.

Similarly, before I had photoshop I used to do collage.

A few days ago I wrote about a collage that I made.

Some of you
asked me to post a photo of it, but I don't have one.

The piece is really large and doesn't fit well in a single photo frame.

Every time I try to take a photo of even one of the female figures, the glare from the glass makes the image impossible to see.

[Maybe I have to invite Angela over to get a proper photo of it.]

Anyway, as I trolled through my photos to see if I did have any of this particular collage, I found the sketch that I did first, the drawing that led to the collage.

I'm terrible at drawing.

In the collage that hangs in The Mayor and The Rooster's room, the figures are built out of pieces of pictures that say something about each of the four mothers.

Kind of like this...




Some of it is just whimsy, like this...




The last thing I found was a sketch for a collage I intended to do, but never did.

It was going to be a portrait of myself.

I planned to make my face out of a map of New Mexico, the place my ex-husband and I visited on our final vacation together.


It was the last time we were really whole.


In the collage I planned, my hair was going to be made entirely of text using all the different words for crazy.

[All the names my ex-husband called me in the end.
]

Looking back, I guess I didn't make this collage because I never really believed him.

Our relationship didn't end because I was crazy.

It takes two to kill a relationship.


36 comments:

Erin said...

You are an amazing artist! You have such great vision -- I love your ideas.

Shannon said...

I'm sorry about the rough time you had with your ex. But you seem to have a great life now and I'm sure what you went through makes you appreciate what you have more than if you hadn't gone through it (see the silver lining effect there?).

I love your creativity.

You boob collage made me realize that tits are like snowflakes....no two are exactly alike (not even on the same woman), LOL.

Sarcastic Mom (aka Lotus) said...

I laughed greatly at the captions on your boobs collages.

BEWBS ROCK.

jakelliesmom said...

You are a woman of many talents.

Ivy Brown said...

Number one, it does indeed take two to kill a relationship.

Number two, these journals are gorgeous. I have some dating back to my youth that are just words, words, words and nowhere near as colorful...and fascinating.

Number three, you have quite a bit of melon love going on in these pics too.

My word.

LaskiGal said...

Wow. You are truly creative! And, very talented. You can tell that you have an artists eye.

furiousBall said...

I like these, but I do hope you have a good therapist.

Backpacking Dad said...

It usually takes three to kill a relationship:

You.

Him.

The new, thing, that has grown out of one of your heads and is talking on someone's behalf.

Mimi said...

This was really interesting, and then funny, and then sad, all at once.

Boobs like snowflakes: I agree. Just like snowflakes, only heavier :-)

Lisa Milton said...

I'm inspired. I'm getting out the scissors and making collages with my kids this weekend.

Wonder what they'll come up with. (I don't think I will provide boobage. Not yet.)

Thanks for sharing.

Alpha DogMa said...

Multi-faceted. You are multi-faceted. With limitless talent.

Amanda said...

Funny how this post makes me think of my own life in terms of a collage. Imagine taking the different elements, the surly black of senior year, the cigarettes and lipstick of college, a bit of gingham dish towel from a first house, a movie stub, a bit of veil, umbilical cord, silver hairs.

A wonderful journey. You are one gorgeous collage, Jess.

mrs. fussypants said...

Jess,
Posts like this just make me love you more.

Your first link back to the award post last spring is one of my favorite posts of. all. time.

Pure genius.

Oh yeah, what Lotus said about BEWBS, too! HAH!

Above Average Joe said...

Nice collage but there goes your PG blog rating.

Craze said...

I still write in a journal every evening. I'm loving the collage idea, I must do a few of them.

Mad said...

What a wonderful insight into the creative Jess. I love hearing about women's non-bloggy or pre-bloggy selves. The collages are fabulous. I particularly like the hand.

Shannon said...

What I just love about you is your willingness to bare yourself - no pun intended. Fabulous stuff.... (and clearly you were right not to believe him - though I consider it a testimony to your sanity that you questioned it)

crabapple said...

I think you should make every Friday boob-themed. Love it.

carrie said...

What do you mean you cannot draw?

Those are beautiful, each one. I am terrible at collages, but you - you are a master.

Hol&J said...

Love the collages and drawings. So much creativity and fun.

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

I'd like to get into your head for just a few minutes. I bet it's a wild ride in there.

QT said...

Those are so cool. Are you sure you weren't channeling Tanis at the time? Cuz methinks her collages would look ALOT like those...

JCK said...

Wow! I totally disagree about your drawing talent. You are quite an artist, especially in the interesting collage work. Keep doing it. It's going somewhere.

And yes, I remember well the days of journaling. I have about 30 of them in a box in the garage. That was back when my handwriting was legible, because I used it...

Little Monkies said...

You know, it always catches me off-guard to hear you mention that you were married before K, even though I knew you before you and K were married. It's like you are such a part of each other I can't remember a time when you weren't with him.

funny, eh?

XOX

HRH said...

Those are really cool. I love that last picture with the hair sayings.

Moondance said...

What an interesting side of you. Do you still collage?

urban-urchin said...

You are mighty talented my friend...

Jo Beaufoix said...

These are really fantastic and fascinating. I love the quirkiness and the humour. Fab.

mauniejames3 said...

I don't agree...One person can kill a relationship...if he's a total asshole like my ex...and probably yours......

Damselfly said...

Tu est une vrai artiste!

derick said...

HELLO,
GREAT SKETCHES!!!!
COLLAGES ARE FUN!!!
wonderful to tap into the muses!
thanks
derick

Kelley said...

Awesome. I have all these ideas in my head and when I try and commit them to paper they are all Meh..

These are amazing. Unbashful, unrestrained creativity.

Awesome.

foop said...

I'll have to see if I can dig up and scan one of my one-of-a-kind, handmade booklets from you. On the boob theme, perhaps I can locate "What if chairs had boobs"...

TRS said...

Very cool art. I wish I could be that talented and creative. I don't have creative ideas... but I'm a great copier!!

Seeing your boob collages makes me glad that I'm a puny (perky!) 34A!!! Any boobs - outside the support of bras - bigger than my 34A look kinda gross to me!

The only ones that look decent to me are the third boobs on the melons page.

Magpie said...

I love that stuff. Both as art objects, and as a peek into your soul.

Thanks for sharing those.

julia said...

you are so cool! i wish my mom was as cool as you.