I left critique this morning feeling really awesome about the work I have produced thus far and the work I’ve yet to make. After hearing people talk about my pieces, I am beginning to see more serious undertones buried within these collages; things such as body image, societal pressures, ridiculous advertisements, unrealistic comparisons (my usual topics) and the list goes on and on.. It’s funny to me how these issues that I normally touch on (but had no intention to for this project) have presented themselves in this series. To me it validates that these are the things I am passionate about and able to communicate (with much less effort than I had originally thought).
This exercise began as stress relief for me; the actions of cutting and pasting I have found to be quite soothing. It is quickly turning into an addiction of sorts, and I LOVE IT.
I wasn’t expecting to find so much humor in these. They are lighter than my normal work and I am literally laughing out loud as I piece them together. It’s a nice break from the seriousness I am used to. I’ve also found that it is a wonderful outlet for my perfectionism. It allows me to cut things to my standards without the stress of the “ideal” outcome. I am finding these especially helpful as finals are piling up. If I find myself overwhelmed with a different project I can step back and take a collaging break (much more healthy than watching an episode of Project Runway).
After class I decided to get more organized with my materials. I took a few minutes to separate all of the pages I’ve removed from my Vogues into five categories: people/parts, animals, objects, backgrounds, words. I think that this will make it much easier to find what I’m looking for when inspiration strikes.
All of that aside, after organizing, I made my favorite collage to date. I think it’s because I was sooo jazzed from an awesome critique. Anyways, here it is.