Sunday, April 20, 2014

How I See My Grandmother

My grandma, Donna, came over today for Easter. She was able to leave the little room she lives in right now, the one she has to obediently stay put in for six weeks while the latest of her many hip surgeries is given time to heal. In the past year, my grandfather has developed dementia, and now he and my grandmother, who have been married for over fifty years, are growing too old and fragile to take care of each other. Grandma wants to go home so badly in order to tend to my grandfather, but she has to wait through the slow healing of her hip. It is interesting to watch Donna have to be in a place I know she hates--she cannot walk, or do hardly anything on her own while she heals. On top of that, she has lost much of her eyesight. Still, she has such a sunny personality that if you didn't really know her, you would think she was as happy as ever. To watch this internal battle of sunshine and darkness go on inside her, is what it is like to be a part of her family.

Extra Reading:
Allison Diaz: You can view Diaz's work on both her blog and her Flickr. Diaz makes beautiful, kaleidoscopic images that look almost woven. 
Melinda Gibson: Gibson, from London, creates photo montages with images from the book, "The Photograph as Contemporary Art" by Charlotte Cotton. Gibson's final images, which have the same name, question copywriting laws and our educational system. A book, as Gibson argues, has its own copyright, and only ten percent of the work can be reproduced lawfully. However, anyone can go on the internet, save an image, and do whatever they wish with it. Each image that Gibson has created to question the way we define copywriting laws is dynamic both aesthetically and conceptually. Go take a look, and have a happy Easter!

Collaging Myself

Today I began cutting out many different things from a magazine so I could make a collage. I came across one large photograph of a woman whose eyes I liked, and I cut them out. Empty holes were left in her head, and I realized the altered photograph now looked like a mask. I held up the page to my face, and this is what I got:

After seeing this happy accident, I decided to collage a few more self-portraits, and here they are:

Extra Reading:
Daniel Gordon: Gordon creates interesting, almost violent-looking portrait collages that I love. There is something about the art of collage that looks so cool, as it is usually a little undone.