I have been working at Queens University of Charlotte. I was given the chance to spend the semester assisting my beloved drawing professor while I participated in her studio classes. I have been assisting in three studio classes. The one that I felt was most challenging has been Advance Mixed Media. This class consists of all third and forth year students who have been studying art since they set foot on campus. I was more than a little intimidated when I jumped right in with them like I had been practicing all along (which I hadn't).
In my first day of Mixed Media, I realized something very important- I have no idea how to make a collage. I thought I did. I thought I had been working with collage for years but apparently, that was not so. Collage is a difficult art form because you can easily go so overboard and loose a sense of composition. What I had actually been doing all these years was montage. That being said, I thought I should give it a try. It didn't come easily but just like a runners high, after enough attempts something suddenly clicks.
|This is an example from a Book of Hours prayer book|
I decided I wanted to work with the idea of family and place. This evolved into an exploration of my family's roles according to what I understood from our family narrative. I was inspired by pages from medieval Book of Hours prayer books and astrological signs/constellations. I made copies of some pages from our family history books and copies of family photos, then set to work creating my own version of the Book of Hours.
Here is what came of this three month endeavor: