The steps I took to create the artwork, ‘Time is Preserved.’
Let’s start with the inspiration. I was inspired by a vintage postcard dated 1913 from Kansas City, MO. The front title reads, ‘A Joyous Birthday,’ below it is an image of a beaming, beautiful rose. Other than the saturated hues and lovely detail in the image, the rose speaks to me for many different reasons. As an alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta, the rose is our fraternity flower and embodies our ideals. A rose is indicative of beauty just by being a rose. It is a popular icon, symbol, image and physical flower represented throughout the ages in many forms. Stereotypical beauty is suggested through the presence of a rose. To conclude the list, the biggest thing that strikes me about a rose is that the image has never changed. Roses always remain pristine and timeless in any representation, even 100 years ago.
With inspiration comes ideation, meaning the formulation of ideas or concepts. I wanted to further build on the idea of a rose (it’s image, what we see conveyed in culture and media) and it’s timelessness. In the piece, the rose remains as beautiful as it ever was, but the elements around it have changed from the quintessential image represented on the postcard, for instance. There are constraints modeled with wire, staples and tape. These ideas of constraint contrast the beauty and joy brought on by the presence of the rose. They also speak to how the world has changed overtime; in 1913 things were more simple and more elegant. Today, some things are simple and elegant, but the world is drastically different. There’s more noise and things are more disrupted. We’ve also evolved. Bringing elements normally not associated with a rose to this piece is suggestive of that as well. The clock represents time. Thus, time is preserved despite the changes and constraints in todays world. Even today, we still look at a rose and associate it with beauty. Its image will continue to prevail years to come.
Then, the piece has to be put together! As mentioned, mixed media is my friend. To create this piece, I combined digital elements, with foam board, marker, electrical tape, matte medium, paint, duct tape, wire, staples, a dresser drawer pull and a necklace. Oh, and the clock! It took a few tries to get the imagery right in Photoshop. Once I finished that, I bought a circular cutting tool to cut out the rose and attach to the back of the clock. Then I attached parts of the layered rose to foam board and tacked to the large backing (also foam board). I laid the tape down, applied some paint then placed the stem and leaves on top. Lastly, the staples, marker streaks, matte medium wire and adornments at the top of the clock were applied.