I haven't posted in a while, and thought I would surface for a few minutes and take a breath. My art went underground, and I liked it! It was my birthday a little over two weeks ago. I turned 39, and then I totally freaked out for about a week. Just feeling into my age, wondering where the years have gone, and wanting to make the most of the rest of my life.
I've been getting into collage and really diving deep into the process for the first time ever. I've done some collage in the past however now I'm trying to hone my skills a bit and create something more powerful with my collage art. I've made collage in the past in a very introspective way and now I'm approaching it in more of an artistic way. Somehow the collages I've begun to create really paint a landscape of my inner life. I'm trying to level them up to something more resembling a finer art.
Collage is rarely accepted as a fine art, however if you search some of the works that people have done there are so many absolutely spell binding collages out there. Collage can be anything you want it to be, from simple cutting and pasting of imagery to more intricate abstract designs. What I love most about the art form is that it really brings me back to a youthful feeling, tearing out magazine pages with reckless abandon and organizing them in a pleasing way.
Some of the collages I've been making are really quite terrible, and I'll be the first to admit that to create something worth sharing takes a lot more ingenuity and creative muscle than just putting paint to paper. Collage originated in Japan in the 1700's, and has appeared in most cultures since that time. I love the thought of Victorian women doing decoupage on household items, knowing that I'm carrying on a tradition that dates back hundreds of years.
So here's to another year of life, a great gift to celebrate and cherish another go around the Sun. I don't know what to expect in the year to come, but I do know it will contain lots of color, paper and paint. Creativity may change form and yet there is something consistent about the desire to bring an idea to physical form. I am 39 and I've got a whole lot of art left in me yet!