Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Picturing Houses



I’m in the middle of working on a picture book dummy, so I haven’t had time to start any new portfolio pieces. I thought I’d post some of my other art in the meantime.

A few years ago when we were on a super tight budget, I scrounged around the house looking for something I could make use to make art. When the kids were little, I took lots of pictures and always had double prints made to send the favorites to my parents. That left me with stacks of extra prints and rejects cluttering up the closets.


I decided to cut them up and use them to make collages. Here are a few pieces from a series of houses. The first one, titled Above the Abyss, was exhibited as part of a Regional Art Exhibit at the San Diego Art Institute a couple of years ago.


It’s strange to think that with the development of digital photography, my material resource might be running out. I’ll bet if I asked around, though, I’d find that many people have a similar stash of unwanted photos in the back of a closet.


I have plenty of sketches and ideas for more photo collages, but as always, I have more ideas than time.

12 comments:

beth said...

Wow! This is amazing artwork! I am thoroughly impressed.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

I LOVE those collages. Your talent really is amazing.

Rena said...

Those are really cool! My son thought so too!

LW said...

I love your photo pictures....

I had to smile at this post, I don’t have a stash of pictures I have a stash of undeveloped film.
My daughter was always taking pictures and I was always paying to develop her film…
She did end up going to photography school but then decided she wanted to do something else.
I love my digital
camera, I have pictures now…

Louise

PJ Hoover said...

What an amazingly creative use for unwanted/unneeded photos!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh you artists and your amazing way of seeing the world and all it's possibilities. I love that.

Kelly said...

Those are AWESOME! I have lots of extra photos stored away...good project to do with the children!

Bish Denham said...

Blow me away! Simply wonderful and beautiful. I'd love to see more and see them in person.

Brenda said...

WOW! I never even thought about them being pieces of photos until you mentioned it...These are wonderful...

Kim Kasch said...

I love this art. It's warm and cozy like a large family quilt sewn from favorite pieces of clothing.

:)

adrienne said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! I'll post a few more at a later date...if I can track down the files :)

Louise - I have a few undeveloped rolls stashed somewhere, too... now I'm wondering what's on them!

Kelly - It is a fun project for kids, too. The tricky part is to convince them to keep it simple and BIG.

Kim - I hadn't thought of that...it is like fabric swatches.

3rdEyeMuse said...

oooh! I love these collages - especially the second one - great shapes & images!