Sunday, August 25, 2013

Real Life Adventure. Collage. Shelby Pizzarro

"Jodie & Millie's Real Life Adventure" COLLAGE
Life and Travelling are adventures. No matter how well we plan, there will always be some twists and turns to keep the journey interesting.

Despite the ups and downs of travelling, one guarantee is that you will return home with a plethora of paper...from tickets, to maps, to receipts...and everything in-between.
To a collage artist this is a supreme bonus and one of the reasons I adore travelling so much. You never know when that torn receipt or discarded napkin might just be "the" finishing touch you needed to complete a piece.

And so it is with this collage. The work was inspired by an inscribed photo from my collection. The two women are Jodie and Millie. They are standing outdoors  and Jodie is carrying a journal. Where did they come from? Where are they going? The Muse inspires me by waxing lyrical...direction my imagination.

The substrate is a 6" x 6" deep edge canvas. I wove strips of different types of paper to create the feeling of travelling through a journey of discovery. The paper includes art and handmade papers, ticket stubs, dyed watercolour paper using the "Bleeding Art Tissue" technique, road maps, hotel receipts, postcards, stamps...and of course the photo of Jodie and Millie.

My Muse, Jodie and Millie were in the drivers seat and I was along for the ride. It was great fun seeing the work take shape. Like any trip, I started with my ephemera neatly placed on my work table, only to end with bits here and there. The work was a nice exercise in  just letting go and enjoying the journey.

If you let her, your Muse will guide you through your own Real Life Adventure!


Kathy Michels said...

Such a fun journey! What a great piece of art to have for a memory after traveling or just to imagine where they are traveling. Wonderful piece!

~runningwave~ said...

I love the fact that your piece looks like a quilt. The two figures are peeking out of the maze of crossroads. It makes me wonder how long it took you to layout and select the ephemera bits so that the two figures would not be overwhelmed by the rest of the composition. Thanks for sharing.

Sue Marrazzo said...

I like all the found papers...COOL!

Shelby Pizzarro said...

Hi Kathy

I wish I knew who the ladies were and where they really were going...but it's fun to ponder. :-)

Thanks so much for your comment!

Shelby Pizzarro said...

Hi Sue,

I loved these papers too. There were more I wanted to use but thought...hmmmm...maybe in another project!

Thanks for your comment.

Shelby Pizzarro said...

Hi ~runningwave~,

It came together fairly quickly really. I've had the photo in my collection for a while now and wanted to do a "travel" piece with them.

I didn't do any B/W or colour roughs, but just let the papers guide me through the composition.

It was fun to do. Just like being on a nice vacation.

By the way, "C.G. Jung's Man and His Symbols" made a big impression on me too. :-)

Thanks for taking the time to comment.