Double Meghan 2012
Kiss From a Dead Fish
Eye for Art is coming up in October and I am planning to submit a piece. This bi-annual juried show marks the 6-year anniversary of my first (and very successful) foray into the artworld. I was going to make a shadowbox entitled "Sisters", but the composition isn't quite worked out yet. I think I'm going to submit a large-scale photograph.
With a twist. I'm working on some triple exposure images, taken with my Praktica B100. Above are two interesting collage/shots of my sister-in-law, Meghan, and my son, Monty, taken at Rondeau Park a few weekends ago.
I love the randomness of these types of images. I shoot a roll of film, wind it back, shoot the same film again, and then again. I take the film to Shoppers Drug Mart and have them place the images on a CD. I do not alter the images- they are what they are.
My art practice, consisting of either shadowboxes or collages or printmaking, is very time-consuming and deliberate. Symmetry is important, as is placement. I sometimes move an item around 10 or more times before I find the right spot. The result is worth the effort.
But a girl has to bust free every now and again! I tried non-representational painting and although my friends liked the result, I'm not convinced I'm a painter. I need dimension and layering and I can't quite get that effect with paint. I want randomness WITH dimension and layering.
I found the Praktica at Value Village, bought some 200 film, and have been getting some great results. Some of the shots are amusing (like Monty getting 'kissed' by a dead fish, above). It is always a surprise what the images are going to look like. I can choose subjects like dead fish and kids and rocks and waves, but the end result is up to Fate.
I trust Her.