Sunday, 23 September 2007

IMT - Square

My post for Inspire Me Thursday this week is inspired by the photo-collages of David Hockney. To be honest, I'm not the greatest Hockney fan (in part because I once wrote to him and he didn't reply! :-( but he's a busy guy..). However because he is from Bradford, my home city, there is a huge Hockney gallery - Salts Mill - nearby and I've been there so many times over the years.

One piece I was always drawn to was his "Nude 1984" (on the left). However when you're a young girl growing up - thats a pretty scary naked lady!
So it always fascinated me in one way or another. The photo-montage technique is very interesting to me. I like the way the main image is made up of so many smaller parts. By laying the small photos together, he has distorted some parts of her figure. The big image is so ambigious - I realised it may not even all be the same person. I realised what a fun technique this would be to experiment with.






David Hockney "Chair" & Hockney "Mother 1 Yorkshire Moors"


Some of my experiments: At the top of the post is a self-portrait. It is made up from lots of little squares and I've experimented with different media; coloured pencils, watercolour, sketching pencils and also with how I've laid them out. All the seperate parts of my face are there but I've just mixed them about.


I also decided to try some photo-collages of my own. I made them by cutting out little squares from magazines.



I have placed them to create landscapes. The first is sky, sea and sand.



I also did a cityscape of buildings and sky and a countryscape with flowers and sky.









So Mr Hockney all is forgiven.

18 comments:

Patricia J. Mosca said...

These are SO COOL!! This is a great idea...Love the self portrait....actually I like ALL of them....Great concept!

Deb G said...

I like yours! It's interesting how breaking something apart can change how you look at something. Thanks for sharing it.

lee said...

I am a fan of David's and his art, and you are very good...

Julia said...

Wow I love that technique and I think I like yours the most :) It's great !

carra said...

These are great! Very inspirational.

Judy Scott said...

what a brilliant idea, love them all, the top one reminds me of peter Howsons art ~ awesome ~ Judy :)

Zhenia said...

Great work! I especially like the top mixed (up?) media piece. It's interesting to see all of those media jumbled together.

Cheryl said...

These are beautiful, Laura! I like yours better! The final landscape is my favorite.

steve said...

WoooooW! These are wonderful, especially the top one! Great post too.

Cheryl Finley: said...

Wow! You've taken collage to a whole other level...very unique and intriguing...and creative! I like all the different types of "squares"... : )

..wonderful work!

Spontanity said...

So you have been very creative.
Like yours!
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Greetz from Holland

~Gina said...

Lovey work!

~Gina

platinum blonde said...

very evocative!

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megan said...

something different...and fun to look at. feels like you were stepping out & doing something new...i like the result...intriguing...i'm still looking at them!

eslina said...

wow! beautiful collage!!

eslina said...

wow! beautiful collage!!

katy said...

My first thought was "What is going on here?" I mean that in the most positive way, such impact! Your piece required me to look and look again, wonderful! katy

navylane said...

i love your photo collages -- you really rock that technique!