Monday, May 12, 2008

Daily Art- New Work- Name your Poision

laminated collage by Heather Brown Truman

‘Name your Poison’

8.5″ x 11.5″

Laminated paper collage

Will need a standard frame to display

Here is the quote that helped the inspiration:

“People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned.”

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)
This work is paper on heavy card stock then laminated. I am working on a large canvas mixed media work, have been for a week or more now. I also was finally able to unpack all of the studio boxes full of the paper I hauled across the country. Gave up space in the trailer to make room for a few boxes of paper, vintage pictures, collected fine hand made paper, vintage magazines, snips of pictures, pages ripped out of books because I could only afford so much weight in the trailer for my enormous book collection. In sorting, and sorting I have been collage/mixed media crazy. It’s so fun to pull out the bags and tins that I carefully sorted and packed so many moons ago. This one small collage came from the sorting effort. I needed to create, had little time, and a small box of pre-cut images. The laminator got unpacked…and that’s all she wrote folks. It came together pretty quick and in the moment.
This work is a little about anger, a little about family life, a little about humanity, a little about not enough love, a little about fire in the belly, a little about fear, a little about personal power…a little about me.
I love collage and mixed media for the effect that it has on my brain. I can’t think beyond does this fit? Is that right? Is this what I want to say? Ohhh, can I fit that in? I love it.
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redchair said...

Gorgeous assemblage: When I first viewed it, I was just taking in the colors, shapes and aged photos. I love the star fish. I collect sea shells and the likes. Only your title clued me into the idea that it was what you refer to as an ‘angry’ work.

I see something else. I think you done a work is about survival.

HMBT said...

Thanks Vikki, the starfish is actually a blown up electron picture of a Virus Cell one that eats human flesh if I remember right. The Small round objects that curve the top right hand corner are pictures of the Roto-virus, the one people get on cruise ships.
I think that helps explain the angry part...and the survival part too. You always get my's cool. :)