Last week the mail brought my most recent eBay purchase -- a batch of small college photos in little photo holders with different hand-written messages inside each one, all addressed to a girl named "Mary."
Dear Mary, It seems I've known you for ages
tho it's really been a short while.
I'll never forget our discussions and
little secrets in homeroom
and home-making class. Love, Nancy
I'm altering each one with ribbon, embroidery thread, seed beads, ribbon, etc. to add some sort of mask or statement over each face (masks seem to be the essence of the high school/college experience!). I plan to bind them together accordion-style to make a little artist's book to be called "Dear Mary."
The theme for collage on Kollage Kit this week has been "array," and there are a whole collection of lovely pieces posted there. Some of them look like homages to the artist Peter Blake (well-known for his pop-art arrays) and some are curiosity cabinets waiting to reveal their oddities. My approach was to mash-up some strange little images for the viewer to de-code:
The title is taken from the inscription on a sundial erected during the 1740’s on the
wall of a chapel in Fournier Street, East London, UK, perhaps based on an earlier line by Horace -- pulvis et umbra sumus, or "we are dust and shadows"). The chapel is now a mosque, and is located not far from the Ten Bells public house, notorious for its connection to Jack the Ripper. One of the Ripper's victims, Annie Chapman, may been drinking at the pub shortly before she was murdered; the last known and most horrifically mutilated victim, Mary Kelly, a 25-year old prostitute, is thought to have regularly solicited her clients outside the Ten Bells. Dust and shadows...
When I retired from the practice of law, I began keeping art journals. The first entry in the first journal was dated 9/30/08 and it was several pages of ranting against the Orwellian administration of George Bush and Dick Cheney.
And now, here's the cover for my 13th volume, and the first page is still blank...what to do, what to do...