It’s almost Halloween and masks are a hallmark of that holiday. In my mixed media on-line class the assignment was “Divergence”. It was hard to find my focus (what else is new? . . . ) and finally settled on a self portrait. I thought about all the divergent paths my life has taken, shoulda, coulda have taken, didn’t take.
I created each layer without conscious thought or choice. I picked collage pieces at random, colors intuitively as I painted. The meaning of divergence evolved after I completed it. There are layers and layers of paint and collage with I feel also represent me.
The end result is my “mask”.
Divergence Mixed Media Self Portrait, 14″ x 17″ Bristol Paper
1st Divergence – Egg collage – Among all the eggs and sperm that could have been fertilized there were only two that created my DNA.
2nd Divergence – Colors that represent some of the “large” choices I made at pivotal points in my life that led to who I am and the blind eye I had at those times to choices I could have made but didn’t.
3rd Divergence – Lines of collage and paint that delineate & represent each wrinkle of “small” choices (not to mention my skin) I made and didn’t make.
4th Divergence – Flow of color from the background into my being which represents my spiritual connection to everyone and everything.