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Saturday, March 04, 2006

A Morbid Homage to Scrapbooking

The photograph seen in the piece above I received with a set of ephemera I ordered from Silver Crow Creations. Who is this Bergstrom person? Who took the photograph? The shadow cast suggests that the photographer was alone. It must be at the very edge of a graveyard because there are no other graves around. In fact, there is nothing else around. It's an interesting photograph! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it for months. I kept it out at my drawing table though, where I would look at it until it was ready to use.

Yesterday, I went to Recollections, which is a big scrapbooking and papercraft store. I'm not really into scrapbooking, but they have all sorts of little doo-dads and special tools that can be fun to play with, and can be especially fun for the mini-collages I make for pendants. I thought a lot about the aesthetic that they were selling there. They sold "Designer" Artist Trading Cards, and "Distressing Kits." They sell everything to make your art perfect. It's like instant creative problem-solving. Little metal charms, perfectly crafted die-cuts, collage papers in exactly the print and palette you had in mind. I don't want to seem like I am totally dissing Recollections because I did in fact buy a set of typewriter key stamps which I used in the piece above, and I often wander in just to see what toys they have that may inspire me. Still, doesn't adding too many tools to your arsenal make your work a little cold? This is the same problem I have with a lot of digital art. Yes it looks awesome and fancy and ... perfect. But does it really mean anything anymore? Or is just about all the perfect little pieces looking neat and tidy next to each other?

I can be incredibly fussy with my art. I get obsessive over details. I need to let it go! I need to stop worrying about the search for the perfect aesthetic and just let it flow.

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