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Collage art is something very near and dear to my heart. I had to take an art elective while I was working on my undergrad, so I took a class I knew nothing about that was titled "Narrative Collage" in the course catalog. It turned out to be my favorite class I took as a college student. The class focused on the Dada and Surrealist movements and how art changed and developed during that time in order for people to cope with a world that was in the midst of the chaos of war. Artists and writers like Max Ernst and Rene Magritte were changing the definition of art by creating tensions between image and text in their work. Artists were creating "readymades" or ordinary objects that were changed or altered in some way and called art. Artists were creating art from "found objects," putting together collages from unexpected materials such as tickets, newspapers, magazines, and more. This particular class focused on what has recently been termed "narrative collage," a loose literary term that refers to works that combine elements of image and text. We created our own collages and 3D art pieces as well as a whole work of narrative collage that we self-published with Lulu. An excerpt from my narrative collage, which was called Lights that Grow Dim over Time, was published in the IU South Bend literary magazine and I also read a portion from it at a live poetry reading in college.
|My 3D art project made from Goodwill finds. It's about my younger brother and I titled it Baby.|
|My collage journal that I used in my narrative collage class and beyond.|
|My narrative collage piece about a trip I took to Florida in college complete with my own original photography.|
|Inside Lights that Grow Dim over Time.|
|My graduate thesis (with original photography).|
The other two are collages I've put together in the years since my college studies.
Did you know the term "collage" comes from the French word "coller" which means "to glue"?
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