narrative collage

Final project for Jane’s Text and Image class. Sensation of only beginning to be familiar with mixing text and image.

I enjoyed working with these goofy and serious pictures from old magazine advertising.

The narrative is not only in the words. There are layers of narrative.
The facial expressions
The colors
The types of people: gender, age, race
Where they are looking
Gestures and activities
The red lines

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Words of wisdom from Jane Davies:

In the text-image realm, the concept can be as important (or more so in some cases) as the visual. AND, for the purposes of learning, for this class anyway, I think it’s more important to tackle the assignment, do the problem-solving, than to make something beautiful. You will continue [to] develop your own vocabulary of beauty.

oh yeah (creativity)

for me, it comes down to #1, catching a thought, and #2, staying with it. perhaps “the plan” is a lie, another untruth. one which generates the illusion that one can be in control. and perhaps this is the source of many sadnesses.

so i now see the creative process as always radiating outward, as opposed to filling up some predefined vessel with things. i think it is more about sitting in the center of a thought. and really being there. over and over, at each instant. with all your heart. and letting that instant color every movement and so….everything in your range is part of that thought, is related to your current journey and absolutely everything is there for you to use. and this process is a positive gathering of elements filtered through your heart and it is something new because of that and this is a happy feeling. peace.

and you continue on until you #3, finish ( oh, NO, there is no finish….another untruth…) until you are ready to let it go.

let it go, let it go, let it go. ( singing to the tune of “let it snow”….)

jude hill, december 11, 2007

quiet questing questions

sometimes i get the feeling that developing and practicing a craft has far reaching implications in our personal development as well. ..a window of sorts. an edge and a meeting point between the inside and the outside. ….all things being similar, the patience to understand your material, the thought process involved in problem solving… the quiet determination that perfects a thought … the research to connect the dots and make a vision materialize…..

to understand just one thing through and through answers so many other questions for me, and it would culminate in the ability to share that feeling… my never ending quest to answer my main question, is communication really possible?

“quilting for answers,” May 14, 2007, Spirit Cloth, Jude Hill

I am so taken with Jude Hill’s craft that I’ve started reading her whole blog back to 2006.

Side note: Blog software really needs to support rereading a whole blog in chronological order. Using the archives, I can read monthly in chronological order, but within each month, I have to read in reverse chronological order. It causes a whiplash effect as I see results then run into posts on planning, but it’s worth it.

I think my main question is related to hers. I would phrase it “is intimacy really possible?”

I am committed to developing personal symbols. This is a process of attention. First one: the heavy curly bracket.It really has an impact, even if there is nothing inside.

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The question within is how can I as an artist encourage a cultural shift that ecologically aligns its self to benefit the well being and health of our planet for future generations?

Deedra Ludwig