An intensely sad and lonely image: a ventriloquist's dummy trying to mouth words of his own to tiny marionettes that are all ears. He's seated on the couch, excitedly forward and broadly smiling, but his fixed flat stare over the puppets' heads and his stuck-on smile only make him seem more pitiful. The 1960s furnishings and feel of the room--for once in collage--are not employed for Pop art or other satire but instead invoke the melancholy of the remote and of the bygone. Layers of sadnes here... As for craft, signs of cutting and pasting are so invisible as to make the image seem a wonderfully unified photograph.I am very moved by this one.
Wow I had such a different reaction-- the collage struck me as very funny and animated and a nice play on control (not to mention awesome word play). Angela, I can see why you like interiors so much. Your work continues to amaze and make me smile.
They seem to be getting away from him. I wonder what he is thinking. Love the collage, and I'd love to know what the planning and thoughts that went behind it.
I had the same reaction as Barbara's. It looked as if the female puppets were declaring their independence from the Man. I guess I was reading it in a literal context of the late 50's-early 60's pieces. Oh well, so much for women's lib.
that dummy looks a little like Bush to me;)Love the collage& the comments
Excellent as always. I love everything about it!
Dylan, don't scare us like this!
Angelica, lots of different reactions! A good in itself. But sad or funny or women's lib or whatever else--what's YOUR take on the piece??
Thanks everyone for the comments! I love the different viewpoints. The beauty of art is that we see what we want to see based on our life experience and not necessarily on what the artist intended to say. I prefer for it to work that way rather than ramble on what it means to me. :-)
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