Connections III is a handmade collage highlighting the theme of the interconnectedness of all things. I attempt to achieve a sense of unity and connection through the use of line and color which allows the eye of the viewer to travel from one thing to another in an uninterrupted flow. I hope you enjoy this visual journey as much as I enjoyed making it.
- Substrate: Archival Multimedia Artboard– made with paper and thermal-set epoxy resin
- Size: 8 x 8 inches
- Frame: none
- Matting/Mounting: none
Connections III is a handmade collage highlighting the theme of the interconnectedness of all things. The more we learn about our planet, the clearer it becomes that everything is connected in a beautiful, complex, and fragile web. If we remove one link, others begin to break down. If we remove multiple links, it results in disaster. As the famous naturalist, John Muir, said, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” This idea is the underlying foundation of all my work. Contrary to our often short-sighted beliefs, we ourselves are an integral part of this web, and cannot be separated from it.
In this handmade collage, I attempt to achieve a sense of unity and connection through the use of line and color. While there are many seemingly unrelated objects in the piece, they link to one another by sharing similar colors as well as connecting lines. Separate forms are also attached to one another by stitching. In this way, the eye of the viewer travels from one thing to another in an uninterrupted flow. The vibrant, energetic golds, purples, and pinks give it vital, lively mood. The touches of sepia and brown bring to mind the richness of the earth, and add depth to the composition.
Connections III is full of nature-inspired symbols. The seeds in the bowl, the flower, the anatomical drawing, and the bird symbolize both the inner workings and the outer beauty of life in its various forms. The map reminds us of our journey through this world, while the prayer beads speak of the spiritual side of life. Written characters and decorative acanthus leaves stand for human civilization, and a ripe persimmon represents the sweet reward for our labors. I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed making it.