Saturday, December 22, 2007
Billy Apple- A tribute
This is my completed collage, inspired by Billy Apple.
I havn't tried to copy him but I have allowed myself to be influenced by his ideas. Below is a brief history on the long history of Billy Apple (seperate post.) Don't forget to Google to see more of his art!
About this collage:
Media- Leaves, seed pods, pattern paper, paint, mesh, cotton buds, playing card, needles and thread.
The leaves have been deconstructed by either myself or by nature as a reflection of Billy Apples fascination of the process of deconstruction.
The cotton buds are a reference to one of his most controversial exhibitions- that of his own bodily wiping's.
The playing cards are a reference to Billy Apple's consistant use of text and numbers either visually or mathmaticaly.
The pattern paper, needles and thread are really just embellishements relating to the construct/deconstruct concept but play a role in balancing and calming the overall collage. (In my opinion!)
The printed apples in acrylic are obviously a reference to Billy Apple.
I have really enjoyed exploring this style of collage which I have written a bit more about below (with a close up photo) and it was an interesting challenge putting synthetic items and natural items together on the same page this way. I've really enjoyed the relative lack of rules and the freedom of working instinctively.
Let me know what you think!