I was freaking out. Obviously, the instructors weren’t serious, right? But they were.
I had no idea where to start, but I thought, there has to be a way to cheat…or something. After all, necessity- and 430 dollars a credit hour- are the mothers of invention. I looked at a discarded pile of montypes in the corner – the ones that didn’t quite work out, and thought… Why not? I started cutting them into pieces and gluing them together into 7 x 7 inch compositions. It seemed a lot more possible than starting from scratch. I worked all weekend, every minute, without stopping. I got my children to help me. Whatever, just so they were done.
Finally, I had 50 pieces. Granted, some of them looked like pieces of dog poo, but there were a few that were actually not too bad. Oddly enough, my instructors didn’t hate them. I kept some of them. Then, I began to make more. Eventually, they became a series; now people even buy them! Who’d o’ thunk?
An example of an old monotype that was cut up for “parts”,
… and below, a piece that was made from some of those parts:
Convergence, monotype collage, 13 x 7 inches
And here’s something else to think about, with regards to recycling and transformation:
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
[MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”