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Here, I have made use of the blurring effect on Photoshop, to further distort my collages, as well as colour blocks, adding text and cutting out shapes. I like the colour inserts as I feel this helps balance out the compositions- rather than them being full of repetitious images. They also help draw the eye to the work and influence the mood.
Here, I have used photos from my immediate, personal, environment instead of from interior magazines to produce collages. I like the horizontal lines in ‘nostalgia’- they seem to reflect the quality of old home videos and photo albums. I have been feeling very reflective over the past couple of days and I feel like these collages have unconsciously reflected this.
Getting frustrated by the close proximity of the kitchen to my desk and bedroom, I have produced collages reflecting on how our lives revolve around meals and food, how overwhelming it can sometimes be when we have little else on (especially now during the pandemic).
Here I have made use of the blurring tool on photoshop to further distort my collages. It produces a hypnotic and discombobulating effect which makes it hard to focus on one area of the collage.
Playing around with photoshop settings: light and shade, stamping.
Using Mozilla Spoke, I have been looking at means of display for the virtual exhibition on Friday. I found I could change the collages from 2D to 3D shapes on the programme. I love how you can walk into the spheres with the avatar and enter the dystopian interior virtually. It really brings them to life!
I also really love how they float in space- like thought bubbles- exaggerating the fact that these interiors have been derived from the mind, from a psychological standpoint.
I feel like the three-dimensionality also draws the collages closer to my sculptural practice, which I haven’t been able to practice fully over lockdown. It brings a bit of familiarity back to my work.
I think the shape of the collages will work well distributed across the exhibition, cutting up the rigidity of the space, made up of largely two-dimensional work- therefore adding a bit of contrast and animate the space a bit more.
I decided to make the hand made collages digital by experimenting with photoshop and stamping sections of the collage into the background. They work well in creating rather dystopian interior landscapes, which reflect the chaos and disorder of the pandemic and the claustrophobia of our interior spaces at the moment.