I’m not sure when I discovered how fun it was to layer photos, especially photos taken years apart with content that looks completely unrelated.
Last week I posted my image that combines an image from a cemetery very close to the birthplace of W.E.B. DuBois overlaid with a screen window from the hospital building at Weedpatch, the setting for John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.
This week, I did a photo transfer of a layered photo: a self portrait of me, crying, from my soul-grief series from 2007. The layered photo is me, writing, in 2012 at the Mountain View cemetery in Oakland, California, on the steps of a mausoleum there. Somehow these two photos painted a picture for me the two separate photos didn’t say on their own.
I had a painted piece of salvaged scrap wood that begged to be used in art, so I painted a layer of black, white and gray acrylic paint. I transferred the photo collage directly onto the wood. I appreciate the slight tear in one section. The imperfections spoke out, reminding me of the perfection of imperfection and brokenness.
I bought some dishes at a thrift store with the sole intention of breaking them and using them as another dimension of this piece, another monument to brokenness, literally. I used the mirror I broke as a reflection of the brokenness in everyone. Each person in the world shares a sense of brokenness which we rarely recognize in one another.
I know I often think I am the only one who is broken, everyone else has it perfectly together, right?
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