Whew! This was a tough one! This is a hard topic and in the beginning I had NO IDEA what I would do. There's a corner in my mind where ideas and other things get stuck for a while, so I go through them over and over, like a song I heard recently, a movie I saw, a fight I had with someone, sometimes a memory would replay in my mind over and over. These are, I think, little obsessions I have that thank God go away after a while. So I didn't really know what to focus on until I remembered one obsession I know I have but always forget: Paper, it's texture, color, thickness. The visual texture of text fascinates me too. It grabs me like no other thing. When I go to Michaels or some other craft store I go and touch almost everything! I pick up catalogues I find interesting and keep them, just in case they feel the need to find their way into a collage. Napkins are good too, the ones from Ikea in particular.
So this piece reflects a little of that. The background is an insert from a medicine that I kept because the paper is so thin and with so many letters, how could I resist? I tried to do a landscape, something recognizable but all made with letters and different textures. The trees are made with letter rubber stamps, (I don't know if you can really tell from this image). There's of course, a captive eye surveying all (not mine since I don't have golden irises!) and I threw some people in there too, just so there was someone who could enjoy the scene. The letters in red read "my obsession with texture"
I wish I've had more time to dedicate to this one because there were so many ideas I wanted to explore. I feel there's some of my sub-conscious here, I wonder what a psychologist would think after analyzing this particular piece. Like when I was small and my mom would take my drawings to the psychologist at school just to have someone to tell her everything was ok with me. (todo esta bien, mami)
Please visit these artists who also contributed to this week's topic:
Pen (In Australia!!)
Another contribution I just found: