Mycollage making process
I started the collage-making process by examining the variousversions of collage. At first I was interested in both Cubism collageand Dadaist collage. However, I figured difficult to create the threedimension effect desired in cubism. Therefore, I settled for theDadaist version.
The next step involved choosing a topic and a theme. At first, Ithought of presenting a current issue such as the migrant crisis inEurope or the war in Syria. However, the fact that I was using oldmagazines meant that I might not find the right images to use. Itherefore, chose to remain open in terms of the topic of the piece ofwork
The next step was choosing the materials to use. The most convenientmount to support my work was a manila paper which I did access easilyfrom materials that had remained from different project. Othermaterials needed were some old magazines and newspapers. I gatheredseveral copies of the local daily and a variety of magazines fromdifferent backgrounds namely food, motoring and sports. This wouldallow me to further enhance the double reading associated withcollage. This double reading takes place when a fragment or one imagein a collage is perceived in relation to its text of origin and atthe same time perceived differently as a fragment of the new createdwhole (Brockelman ).
The next step I took involved checking out some completed examples ofcollage work completed by various artists. I searched on variouswebsites of galleries and museums. I was looking for a collage thatwould strike me with its boldness and creativity. Luckily, I cameacross one piece of work by Kurt Schwitters from the national galleryof art (nga.gov). Kurt is an established Dadaist with several piecesof work. The one that caught my attention was Bild mitRaumgewächsen (Picture with Spatial Growths). This collage, likemany of his, was made up of different items. In particular itcomprised of things that represent modern life such as bus tickets,calendar, candy wrappers and such.
Taking cue from Kurt’s work, I changed tact. I changed my topic to‘consumerism in the modern world’ and thought of a theme alongthe lines of product labeling and wrapping. After briefconsiderations I changed this item labeling aimed at promoting andadvertising various brands. I looked around my home to see theavailability of materials to carry out the project. I was literallyoverwhelmed by the number of brand labeling available from showergels to milk cartons.
The next step wasthus gathering these various forms of labeling and wrappings thatpromote various brands used on day to day basis in any given modernhome in the developed world. No comprehensible was used inidentifying and gathering the product labels. I solely relied onintuition to randomly choose labels from the diverse products I getmy hands on
As I started laying out the possible layout on the Manila paper, Ifigured I should not use any pattern. This would give the artworksome degree of abstractness, which I have always admired. Thus Ithought of just sticking them on the support randomly. Most of thelabels were sticky especially those from plastic containers hencethey were easier to stick. Those that were not sticky, I had to applyglue to them and stick them on the support surface. I used as manylabels as the support surface could take without overcrowding theimage in unnecessary way. With the title of the work already created,I was done. My work looked impressive and I was happy I had pulled itthrough. To gain a different perspective, I showed it to by bigbrother who was puzzled by the whole thing at first before heappreciated what the piece represented.
I am glad the project taught me a lot. I also got the chance to putinto practice the some of the theory learned in class. The projectalso helped me broaden my knowledge of collage through research.
Brockelman, T.(2001). The frame and the mirror: on collage and the postmodern.Chicago:
Schwitters, K.(1920). Bild mit Raumgewächsen (Picture with SpatialGrowths). Retrieved from,