Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Here are two more postcards from the series of reworked postcard collages I originally made in 1988. I haven't been working on these for several weeks. I may return to them in the future, but for now, the project has kind of run out of steam for me. I felt like I was starting to repeat myself with these pieces, and "real life" kept getting in the way (this semester is feeling much busier than most semesters do). There are several more of these old collage photocopies that I think have potential, but for now, I'm working on other things.
One of those other things is a piece I'm making for the annual faculty art exhibit at the school where I teach. This year's theme is self portrait and autobiographical work, and I'm making a piece that is both of those things, as well as an art history lesson. I won't go into detail now, I'll post the piece and write more about it when it's finished. If it turns out like I hope, it should be a pretty interesting piece.
I like both of these reworked postcards quite a bit. I don't remember much about the second one posted here, but I do have distinct memories of working on the one at the top of the post. I was pretty proud at the time with how I placed the text over the image. The text 'ugly unwanted hair' appears over the face, 'add four big inches' over the chest, ' 3 inches slimmer' over the waist, and 'longer nails' right at the fingertips. I was trying for a feminist message about body image and societal pressure, which I think comes through (I hope it does).
I'm still planning on selling prints of these postcards on my Etsy shop. I just haven't gotten around to listing them yet. If you're interested, send me a message.