Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"Apply" + "Perish"

As you can tell from the images below, I have taken a temporary break from making new pieces for my Metamorphosis series and have continued working on collages for Simulations. I blame the abrupt switch between series due to a major "creative block" and the fact that I have had these two pieces conceptualized for quite some time now. Both images (see below) are self portraits:

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Apply - photo collage 12" x 12"

To say that "Apply" was difficult to assemble would be an enormous understatement! Each branch was cut out and glued individually and due to the fact that I was working in a smaller scale, it was an absolute nightmare to assemble together...Having said that, I am relieved that I decided to stick through the challenges of this piece given the final result is exactly what I had envisioned.

Perish - photo collage 11" x 17"

The rock, (or "cave") cut-outs in the collage above were photographed at the Vaquez Rocks Natural Area Park. In previous collages (e. g. "Rupture", "Rupture 02") I manipulated the prints of the rocks to appear as though they were protruding out of the model. In "Perish" it was important that the transition between the skin and rocks appeared much smoother. My intensions were to create the illusion that the body of the subject was decaying, hence the title. 

Stay tuned for a website update this month...(fingers crossed!)