Friday, February 09, 2007
I love doing these types of collages--heirloom collages, where people give me a handful of stuff re a person and I sort through it, make archival copies, and put together a collage using them. This one's of my dad. I did it a year ago, in Ann Baldwin's class at Art and Soul-Asilomar. I worked on it more after I got home, and I've had it hanging in a prominent place ever since. The big photo is from a snapshot taken of him when he was in his early twenties; the picture of the car is a shot of him at the family farm in Northern Michigan the summer he was twelve (with the shotgun he got as his only Christmas present); the Western Union telegram is a copy of one he sent home asking for more money when he was sixteen and on a trip across the country playing with his American Legion baseball team. If I'd done this while I was at home, I'd also have included some of his gorgeous handwriting and maybe one of his favorite quotes in the background.
Not really a good shot of it, because it's way too big to scan, but this is one of my favorite pieces.