The Stand-off

One of the joys of collage is the stories it can tell. I have to admit that I don’t know the plot lines to many of the pieces I make. They come together of their own accord and are certainly open to interpretation. Can you tell me what a lizard and the Queen of Hearts are doing together in the same picture? There is a lizard in Alice – Bill the chimney sweep. However I’m not sure that Bill ever meets the Queen of Hearts as he is kicked up and out of the chimney by an oversized Alice long before any croquet match or trial over tarts begins.


As for the mad woman of Dulwich Hill – she is fictitious too. My father thought she may be a person that I had seen around the streets. She is really only a title for a painting. I finished the painting and usually you need a name when uploading to flickr… unless I want to go with “untitled” which is rather dull. I looked at her and thought she looked a few sandwiches short of the picnic, hence her name. Perhaps it’s something to do with her eye. I think her face is anatomically impossible… though I can’t say exactly what it is that is out of proportion. Still… I do like her crazy hair.



And lastly another story collage. My mum asked about the lion on her back. For the record there are drips of paint on her back. However I guess if mum sees a lion… then there be lions here.

PS: Sorry about the whacky formatting… I’m better with a paintbrush than an HTML book…
PPS: Doesn’t look so crazy once published. Ignore the PS.



Posted on April 11, 2009, in Art. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I enjoy collages on many levels, the visual pleasure of the elements, the narrative and the fact that your randomness may actually be a message that is individualized for each of us because we are, unconsciously, far more brilliant than we give ourselves credit for.

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