Memories Like Rain. Digital Collage. Prints available on Society6.
This collage actually began life as the hands-on, cut-and-glue variety, but I quickly realized it wasn't working as I had hoped. In order to keep my idea in play, I switched over to Photoshop and created the piece there, tinkering and of course evolving my ideas as I went. In this way, I think developing skills in digital collage is helpful to me as an artist -- it provides another tool to work through ideas. I can envision lots of collages going from "on the workspace" to "on the computer;" just as I can imagine process working in reverse, especially when the piece demands a certain tactility, texture and heft that, at least where my skills are concerned, can't be captured on a screen.
I was struck by the way the geisha glances back over her shoulder and the absolutely gorgeous coloration of her kimono. The fabric is beautiful and sensually immediate. Her pose suggests a mood, her mood suggests a story, her story suggests a collage.