Fly Girl, paper collage, 2022
I haven’t done much in the way of collage-making over the past few weeks. On several occasions, I tried, but inspiration was at a minimum. An observation: At any given time, I can either see the possibility in everything or the possibility in nothing. That is, there are days when inspiration is effortless. I flip through my old National Geographic magazines, and on every other page, it seems, there is an image that elicits and, “Oh! What can I do with that?!” response. There’s a sense of possibility–possibility, everywhere–even in images I have looked at (or overlooked) dozens of times before. It’s as if I’m seeing them for the first time. On other days, those same images are, well, just images. The spark of possibility is noticeably absent.
Another observation: nothing ignites my creativity, or helps me rekindle a sense of possibility in my materials, like new materials. And I was fortunate to get a fresh batch of 1950-1980s National Geographics over the weekend…so I’m back at it. I hope you enjoy these.
Also, I have some good news to share. First, issue 31 0f Spotlight Magazine, which features the collage, Simplicity, was published on October 14. You can browse digitally or order print copies on the Circle Foundation website.
Second, I am excited to announce that three collages, If the Sky Was Made of Oranges, Self-Portrait with Machine, and Times Are Changing, will be included in the MADS Art Gallery exhibition, “Guardians of Dreams” from October 28-November 3. MADS is a digital mixed reality art gallery that has physical locations in Milan and Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, as well as online.