Let’s have a queer affair!

 

After several experiments in visual poetry and mixed media I’d like to focus on the topic, which was always appealing to me – equality. The ultimate task is of course to make an impact and raise the awareness of the problem. But I’m not going to protest for or against specific social groups, rights of the immigrants or creatures I find particularly yummy. As a cook of knowledge I am going to work on an intricate dish: a mixture of identity and consumption, served under sexuality sauce. As usual, I found food a perfect metaphor for the illustration of body consumption, which is connected to the discrimination and power of course. Not trying to be political here, but every dish has a political smack. I’m straight (btw sapiosexual too), but do feel the need to speak up for LGBT community and the demand for the visual queer content. In my opinion there is a lack of representative content, which is descriptive enough to show that in the end we are flesh and blood, interactive substances sharing the common environment. I promise to be as graphic as possible and create a proper mess!

Now, a bit of generous gender generalizations. We live in a progressive time! At least it is more progressive in comparison to the past, despite we might be more lost and confused. I know plenty of people who are suffering from frustration and inability to define themselves and their mission here (whatever space I mean). How do we identify ourselves? Being a product of society we are formed by it, before we can shuffle our mindset and rebuilt our identity. Before the influence of nationality, traditions and customs, gender comes first. Especially for someone who is not accepted because of it. Gender becomes the statement, the core of identity and not only one of the characteristics of a person. I’m not going to mess with definitions and support the division between people (like Facebook did when it offered a choice of 71 genders for the users), my task is to illustrate the diversity and its legitimacy.

I told before that I was about to start working on a series dedicated to equality – why the hell I’m talking about gender? Hope it is already clear. The last inspiration drop was a performance by PINK MON€Y (Antje Schupp, Kieron Jina, Mbali Mdluli, and Annalyzer), which explicitly showed how “not progressive” is the major part of the planet population. Greed, violence and ignorance are flourishing all over the place instead of tolerance, respect and acceptance. I picked up the line from their performance that catalyzed the idea of a new collage series: ”Humanity beyond identity”. Do not expect me to fall into the trap of talking about normality here – we are all deeply sick, just need balls or boobs or cheeks to admit it and use in our favor. Anyway, no matter who you identifying yourself with – try to be a human.

 

 

 

For the record: I’m “they” on Facebook and I base my identity on my religion – art and being an artist.

Yours, 

Shiny

 

Head image: my Gay Rainbow collage piece

Inside: my, still appropriate, collages with food 

Xmas and collage spirit from the greatest artists

 

Every year I create something special for the Xmas season. I definitely cannot pass by this global madness, because nowadays it is not so much about the celebration, but consumerism and polictics. Either way, I took the chance to express my opinion (the work is in progress), but also got curious what was done in the last century. Evidently, lots of ideas and techniques came from the photomontage and Xerox era. Not to reinvent the bicycles and, heaven forfend, to replicate 100 year old juxtapositions, I recommend digging the past thoroughly. Also, if you want to steal the idea, – do it professionally and from masters! 

Anyway, advent season is here and my subjective tasteful selection is also here to please your eyes! Apparently, it was not that easy to find Xmas spirit in the works of mighty artists as I thought, at least without proper library search. Most of the pieces are not collages per se, rather incarnations of the modern printing technology, illustrations or simply the mix. 

Mather Work contributed in 1920s to the happiness of blue collars with his kind motivational posters: 

 

Old good Andy gladdened us with innocent offset and lithography pieces: 

 

Magnificent Robert Rauschenberg created the piece Christmas in 1977 with a white horse, which was a symbol of the following year, apart from it nothing really signifies the holiday: 

 

Desperately wanted to include Joseph Cornell, an assemblage genius, but found in his Eden gardens only this Snow Maiden: 

And for the pre-dessert – marvelous Hanna Höch, basically the mother of collage as we know it, and her piece “Neujahrgruß mit Balsamine” (1978):
 

Creme de lá creme – O Christmas tree in German Soil, how bent are thy branches! (1934) by John Heartfield. What kind of celebration is without mentioning Nazis? Well, no one personally, but the regime, which took over Christian relics. Bow to the photomontage pro, who loaded art gun and created the first “activist“ works:

 
 

Happy December to all – explore and express! 

Yours, 
Pre-festive Lita

 
Sources: http://www.artnet.com/
http://infinitedictionary.com/blog/2016/11/18/the-art-of-resistence-john-heartfield/
https://www.magnoliabox.com/products/mather-work-incentive-poster-goodbye-old-year-42-50098079/

Day zero 

 

Suddenly (which apparently is a title of a cheap shitty perfume) I woke up, somewhere between “it is not noon yet” and “I can hear how office plankton is burning their keyboards”, and found myself being one of my fav book characters, except he is a man. Dressed in lingerie and a wool mantle I went out for a coffee not knowing which day it is. Working on a weekdays and weekends without prescribed schedule any time of the day. The one who is growing on his own, struggles to be an exceptional pro beating the self. Every time I start the new work I aim to amuse myself, to create the piece I never saw before. 

 

Day zero. It is always not even “day 1”, cuz we are constantly todaying. Furthermore, in art one always starts from the big nothing. Not being attached to the system like a polyp or a screw artists are seen either as parasites of the system or amiable geniuses. Money beggars or outstanding creators, who move the society forward. No balance and no surprise. There are questions which can be answered only – “that’s how it is historically”. Whatever, I live in my own age, where I was randomly placed. 

 

Here are the few examples of the “situation”. I constantly get the letters from well-wishers, who want to promote and sell me. As you can see, the offers are not really down-to-earth adequate. What I cannot get is how these people think I can afford buying visibility (which is nowadays currency itself). Of course it is abyss-vaginal business and no one cares where the clients come from. 

 

 

 

 

What I want to say is that the anger, which arises from this attitude, can be turned into a motivation force. An artist will never be able to win the battle with the capitalistic system, because he, she or they lost a priori. Stating that you are an artist automatically means that you are on your own. You are also your own secretary, manager, curator and editor. And yes, you live between deadlines. 

 

There is a thought from one webinar (by the person, who is not even worth to mention) – create high quality content. The host never elaborated on what it actually is, just speculated on how one can attract the audience in order to charge them for ads or sell ebooks. Well, gallery Lumas (37 galleries around the globe) shamelessly states that you should the best of the best and then they will find you. Good luck, bro! Pro, I meant. 

 

 

 

Pics: one of my visual poetry pieces, crazy offers from the universe.

 

Yours, 
Art whore

Cooking process

 

As I mentioned before I work in a technique of analogue collage. Digital pieces definitely have their charm and the toolbox is fancy, but it is much harder for me to express my ideas in a digital form (I do that nonetheless). The cut out glossy image speaks to me much louder; even if I leave my fingerprints on it and struggle with the scanning and editing the piece afterwards.

 

 

 

 

Every stage takes shit load of time. But first – selection of the material! As a fanatic hunter I’m constantly searching for the pray, categorize the images and keep an archive. The search includes robbing the flea markets and antique shops (in fact they rob me instead) and hours of browsing through the magazines I have, leaf by leaf. For my inappropriate meal I usually use the most common images, of course sometimes I lack porn bits, but normally I do not need the dirty scraps. Actually, I am the one, who is transforming innocent dandelions into sassy bouquets. I guess it is the core of the collage and it is crucial to develop the special vision. The meal has to be balanced, but foremost not savorless. The spicy part comes from the combination of decorativeness and disgust, but that’s already another story.

 

The heading image shows how many pieces I still have to cut for my new project and the other one is from a pre-selection.

Yours,

Cook

What am I doing and why?

 

I’m Lita and I prefer to decipher the name as Life Is Torturing Awesome. The major part of my published collage works is on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/litacollage), but I also decided to share my art experience in a form of a blog.

 

It’s been more than 3 years of extensive use of collage technique, and it is definitely my current addiction. It is worth to mention that most of my pieces are analogue and I see them as the artistic recycling of the printed media.

 

Recently, after my workshop at Aalto Uni, I realized how complicated it is to create a message using only the language of images. Even though I see collage as the easiest way to transmit the meaning as compared to other media. However the choice of the images to juxtapose, the connotations of the pre-selected material, the clarity and sharpness of the shape, the palette… – those are just the basics one have to consider before the beginning of designing a collage. Anyway, the power of collage comes from clashing the contexts and it is not just an accidental arrangement of scraps and cutouts. Btw, cutting process is very boring and annoying, but to be fair – meditative.

 

I have a degree in graphic design and contemporary art, so my vision is definitely distorted by the cliché examples of pure art masterpieces and, at the same time, I am a trained professional at my field. Nevertheless, training is a continuous process and every time I start a new work I set the goal to surpass myself. In collage I work mostly with social constructs – concepts, which common imagination facilitates with pleasure. In other words, I create illustrations on social topics: acidic power, colorful gender, toxic stereotypes.

 

The heading image for the post is one of my favorite works – organic blend, “Love Is”.

 

Later you will also find here pictures  from my creative process, but that is for now.

Yours,

Glorious