This week's lesson is "Surreal Collage" in Matirose McDonough's "Daring Adventures in Collage" e-course that I'm taking through the Ruzuku.com site.
I've been making collages for more than twenty years, with a considerable gap of no artistic activity from 1999 to 2010. So, that would make it more like ten years, really. I dusted off some of my ancient works and thought I'd share a few. My kids were looking at them this morning and my daughter kept eyeing me with a strange sort of admiration while repeating, "You're weird, Mom," as I explained some of the visual references. In her book a weird mom is better than a boring mom.
This coffee cup crucifix is one of the first collages I made. Sometimes, people ask me what a collage means. I don't like to answer that question. Not knowing is part of the fun.
That being said, I'll give you a hint on this one. I developed a jaded view of "romantic love" somewhere between middle school and college. As a marketing strategy, it appears to be highly effective. Other than that, I'd say it's closer to surreal than real.
And, no, the woman on the left is not me! (I'm pretty sure I'm not the woman on the right either.)
I'll share a few more collages this week. Feel free to leave title suggestions in the comments.