I've always been a sucker (pun intended) for old vampire movies. When I was a kid growing up in Northeast Iowa--long before the days of 500 cable channels, Netflix, and the like--I looked forward to Creature Feature, a Friday night show (I believe that aired on our ABC affiliate) featuring, as the title would suggest, "creature" movies. Vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein's monster, mummies, the Creature From the Black Lagoon, you name it, I loved getting scared by all of them.
That said, my last collage of the summer is dedicated to vampires. I think once you look at the detail shots, you'll get the gist.
It's titled "Infected"; it's on a 8 X 10" piece of cradled hardboard, and it includes:
• a map of the Transylvania portion of the Austria-Hungary Empire from a 1904 atlas
• images and text from American Red Cross: First Aid Text-Book (1940)
• a portion of a National Geographic photo that's been treated with Citra-solv
• various images from anatomy and zoology books
• pieces of dress pattern
• and some text from The Gardener's Catalog (1974).
Below is a shot of the the background layer, which is a good example of how the collage process works. Sometimes--oftentimes--the initial idea gets snowed under. Originally, I was going to keep it simple with just a transparent image and perhaps some other faint imagery layered on the left side of the piece. As you can see from the next pic--the final shot of the piece--the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.
I've also included a few detail shots below.
I report back to work on Monday, so my quantity of blog posts will more than likely drop-off. However, please keep checking in because I'm still going to post periodically--generally on the weekends.
The (sometimes mad) ramblings of a mixed media artist.