Saturday, 25 April 2015
I have got a bit carried away (as usual) and have been making these propaganda* posters for Inky Leaves. To be honest, I am really not sure what I am trying to do here - possibly too much at once: trying to work out who I am, trying to work out what Inky Leaves is and lastly, trying to integrate them into a tangible concept. It was during this time when I came up with the collective... I am still welcoming contributions by the way...
*the word propaganda comes the Latin gerund form of propagare, meaning to propagate, thus propaganda means that which is to be propagated. I rather like the horticultural connotations despite the negative associations we have with the word today.
"The popularity with artists masquerading in self-portraiture may be attributed to our inability to be content playing only one role in art, and in life. As complex being with rich, inner lives, one role is hardly satisfying. We are not easily defined by a single identity. The self-portrait enables us to create a realm where we can express our past-selves, repressed selves, desires, maladies of the mind, intellectual interests or to fantasize about being someone altogether different than ourselves. The masqueraded self-portrait can be an escape into a world where we have full creative control – not surprising in a reality where we can often feel that we have little control over. We crave the world where we are free to be anyone that we chose to be." Nicely put Holly Marie Armishaw.