Thursday, January 15, 2009

. . . radically departed from




my usual style and method of creating art to make this small collage. And while I like the piece, I don't feel like I actually created anything, but rather used others' creativity to further mine.


See that tiny little piece of orange at the very bottom of the right side? That is the only piece in the entire collage that I made myself. The background is some brown fibrous paper that my sister wrapped Christmas presents in one year. The egg and the yellow bits are from an ad in the National Geographic.


I love eggs, egg shapes, speckled and colored eggs . . . they are examples of nature's perfection. I have never seen an egg that is not perfectly shaped. I couldn't resist doing something with this egg when I saw it. Perhaps I should go in search of real eggs and take my own pictures of them. I would definitely feel better about making collages of those pictures. A long time ago, I purchased a huge set of egg prints on Ebay. I have never used them for anything. Perhaps I could scan them and edit them on the computer and then use them. Maybe I am concerned about nothing. . . after all, I see tons of collages using magazine pictures.

5 comments:

Seth Apter said...

I like this piece Mary. I can see why you were inspired by that egg! This may be a departure for you...but it is definitely your piece. Only you would have put it together this way!

Jeane said...

wow - this is a departure - but don't you think departure is a good thing? - trying other areas to see what else interests us? and I feel the same about using stuff I haven't created myself - it's a personal choice for me - I don't care if other people use cutouts from magazines and stuff - it just doesn't work for me.

A rambling rose said...

I love lounging around in departures myself - what if.......happened? Enjoy!

Mary Buek said...

Hi, guys: Yes, departure from the norm can be helpful and indeed a learning experience. I did so like that egg. I made another collage using more pictures from magazines, but it was really really bad, so I won't show it here. And you know I show everything here, so you know it had to be really really bad. Rosie, sounds like you're stuck in an airport. Thanks for all your comments.

ps pirro said...

Mary, I'm also ambivilant about using magazine images in my collages, too, and I'm usually disappointed with the end product when I do... but once in awhile an image really speaks to me and I love the outcome. And it's good to wander off the rez once in awhile.

That egg is awesome.

Completely off-topic, but since a play on "departures" was already offered, Ursula LeGuin wrote a delectable book called Changing Planes that I encourage every creative thinker to read. Talk about departures...