Collage

I have been interested in Collage for quite a while, utilizing this particular medium as an art expression frequently during my spare time. It was such a pleasant surprise that our workshop was collaging. Very handy indeed, considering I own a collage box with a pile of magazines, glue, and scissors. I jumped straight into it, prepared and collected materials, put on music, got a hot drink, and made a fire. Consequently, I allocated a thirty-minute time frame to work on each piece.

During the process, I periodically checked the time, not to fall behind, and it got a bit tense on the third collage – Visions. I started something completely different but was not happy with the results and discarded it completely. All at once, the final project came together instantaneously within minutes.

When I collage, I have two methods. One is reserved for when I have unlimited time. I think of what I want the message to be, the feel of it. Then I look for images that would help me express that and put them together. The other method is to let it flow, and with defined time on this workshop, it seemed just perfect, as when I let my subconscious to play the part, things are usually shaping up very rapidly.

I am not sure how to explain it. It is such a distinct state of mind, similar to meditation.
Thoughts cease, and I solely exist with everything happening around me.
My subconscious generates images, compositions, and designs ordinarily concealed from me.
I do not know what the result will be as there is no strategy or idea, and that is the alchemy of it. Everything naturally starts to fit together piece by piece. It’s such a sheer act of creation, a blissful serenity.

I took pleasure in the disarray I created while making collages, as with limited time, there was no opportunity to clean up. I tossed materials about, feeling like a frenzied painter with glue and scissors. After the warm-up workshop, I am genuinely looking forward to our weekly task.

There is something unique about collage. I feel like a great deal is up to chance, unlike in photography, where everything is usually well planned and thought through (that is about to change, right?). I am really passionate about combining the two throughout the course and exploring this art form.

Published by Elzbieta Skorska

My name is Elzbieta Skorska. I am a second-year photography student degree at MMU.

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