Daily Altered Image | A Collage Project for 2016

©Sian Robertson "284 10-10-16" , 12" x 9"

©Sian Robertson "284 10-10-16" , 12" x 9"

AROUND MID-DECEMBER 2015 I WAS CREATIVELY BLOCKED, UNSURE OF WHERE TO GO WITH MY ART,NEEDING TO STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX A LITTLE. I REMEMBERED AN EXERCISE, SUGGESTED ALMOST A YEAR EARLIER BY DANIELLE KRYSA ON HER BLOG THE JEALOUS CURATOR (AND ACTUALLY SUGGESTED TO HER BY ARTIST TREY SPEEGLE) - FIND A PICTURE YOU LIKE, PHOTOCOPY IT A BUNCH OF TIMES, TAKE EACH IMAGE AND CUT IT, PAINT IT, FOLD IT, GLUE IT, ADD STUFF TO IT, TAKE STUFF AWAY, ALTER IT IN ANY WAY YOU FEEL SO INCLINED. SO I GOOGLED  'FIFTIES WOMAN' AND PRINTED MANY COPIES OF THE FIRST IMAGE THAT I FOUND APPEALING. THEN IMADE SEVEN COLLAGES THAT AFTERNOON.

AND I LOVED DOING IT.

AND I LOVED THE RESULTS.

AND I COULD SEE WHAT A GREAT EXERCISE THIS WOULD BE AS AN ONGOING PROJECT; A WAY TO BE CREATIVEYET QUICK, TO HAVE TO LET GO OF EVERY SINGLE PIECE BEING PERFECTLY CUT, AND TIDILY GLUED. A CHANCE TO  EXPERIMENT WITH OTHER MEDIA, WITH NO ATTACHMENT OR PLAN TO USE IT IN THE FUTURE. BASICALLY A WAYTO GIVE UP ALL MY USUAL ART RULES AND JUST PLAY FOR A CHANGE. SO I DECIDED I'D DO LOTS MORE PIECES BASED ON THIS ONE IMAGE; BUT A COUPLE OF WEEKS WENT BY AND I STILL ONLY HAD THE ORIGINAL SEVEN.

ON JANUARY 1ST 2016, ON A WHIM, I POSTED THE FIRST OF THE SEVEN ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM, ANDCOMMITTED TO DOING THAT EVERY DAY FOR A YEAR. I KNOW THAT IF I PUT SOMETHING OUT THERE AND SAY I'MGOING TO DO IT THEN THERE'S NO GOING BACK, SO I WAS OFF AND RUNNING.I DID HAVE RULES, BUT JUST TWO OF THEM - I HAD TO DO THE FIRST THING THAT CAME INTO MY HEAD, AND IHAD TO POST THE RESULT EVEN IF I HATED IT. (I PRETTY MUCH STUCK TO THE FIRST ONE, AND ALWAYS STUCK TOTHE SECOND). THEY ARE ALL ON VERTICAL 12" X 9" WHITE BRISTOL PAPER. THEY ARE MOSTLY PAPER COLLAGE (BECAUSE CUTTING AND PASTING IS MY FIRST LOVE) BUT THERE IS FABRIC, EMBROIDERY THREAD, PAINT,CRAYONS, 3D FOUND OBJECTS AND EVEN A LITTLE PRINT MAKING TOWARD THE END, WHEN I REALIZED THAT THEWHOLE GOAL OF USING OTHER MEDIA HAD SOMEWHAT FALLEN BY THE WAYSIDE. WORK AND OTHER TIME COMMITMENTS PREVENTED ME FROM MAKING A PIECE EVERY SINGLE DAY SO SOMETIMES I MADE SEVERALAT ONCE, BUT I POSTED ONE EACH DAY, AND ALWAYS IN THE ORDER IN WHICH I MADE THEM.

I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO THE WOMAN IN THE IMAGE IS, BUT IT'S BEEN AN INTERESTING, CHALLENGING, AND ULTIMATELY JOYFUL EXPERIENCE SHARING A YEAR WITH HER.

COLLAGES AVAILABLE AT ADAM PECK GALLERY.  SEE the whole EXHIBIT AND ORDER THE CATALOG.