fallen s

I wanted to approach Alice Neel’s painting “Symbols”, my prompt-choice for The Kick-About #5, in a different way than I had done previously.  The inspiration for this 3-D collage came when I was cleaning out some papers and came upon the paper insert for the Evanescence cd “Fallen”.   The cover photo of Amy Lee seemed to echo the face of the doll Neel had painted.

Symbols_Alice Neel

upon my end I shall begin–
I’m going under

I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems
without a thought without a voice without a soul

the truth drives me into madness,
my spirit sleeping somewhere cold

no one’s there–
never was and never will be

save me from the nothing I’ve become,
return to me salvation

maybe I’ll wake up for once,
fallen angels at my feet

let me stay,
bow down and stare in wonder

I know who you are–
the goddess of imaginary light

fallen close up s

This was music my younger daughter played over and over in her adolescence, and it was fun to go to YouTube and pull up the songs.  I still like them.  Maybe I even like them more now.  Amy’s voice is a force, and she can be way over the top.  But the gothic flavor of the music seemed also apt to the painting.

purple sky s

As I did recently, I did the main collage on a fold out card so it could stand up.  I then created a field of paper flowers and a purple sky inspired by the lyrics of the song on the Fallen album called “Imaginary”.  Then I photographed it from a few angles.  Above and below are all the individual elements.

fallen flat s

paper flowers s

The poem is a cento, composed from lines in the songs on the album.

How does all this relate to Alice Neel’s painting?  As reflected in my previous collages, I think Neel is addressing her struggle as a woman, a mother, an artist, a person constrained by family and cultural circumstances.  She lost her oldest child to her husband’s family who considered her an unsuitable mother. The life she chose was not easy, but she never gave up her need and her right to make her art.  Must a woman be only a virgin mother or a childless whore?  And why should gender determine who we are or what we can be at all?

You can see the other collages I did based on this painting here.

I would be remiss if I did not include a few Evanescence videos.  If it’s not your style of music, you can turn the sound down and just enjoy the visual barrage.

And here’s a live version of “My Immortal”, the hit from “Fallen”.  That’s the song I remember coming out of my daughter’s room.


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12 responses to “Fallen”

  1. Marcy Erb says :

    I love that you did this as a 3D collage – I made the first picture full screen on my computer and imagined it was room sized – with the roses coming up to my waist and Amy Lee monumental above me. Thank you for the introduction to Alice Neel too.

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    • memadtwo says :

      That is quite a thought, a room-suzed collage. I did have a friend suggest once that I needed a work space where I could do wall sized collages. Not in this lifetime, unfortunately…
      Alice Neel is best known for her unflinching portraits. This is an early work. I bet if you look at the one she did of Andy Warhol you will recognize it. I lived in the building next door to hers for a few years, although I did not know it at the time.

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  2. philgomm says :

    Agreed – you’ve created an entire installation in the corner of your room! I must say the Neel prompt has encouraged me into a particularly dark place this time around… I’m quite excited really, I just have to get my skates on and get it sorted in time! Thanks again, Kerfe – did you see the comment from Joao-Maria btw? Looks like you have another fan 🙂

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Phil. Yes,Joao-Maria has a lot of wonderful and interesting observations. I’m glad to have made the connection.
      And I’m looking forward to your dark place.


  3. kestrelart says :

    I love this. It deserves a gallery. Powerful stuff too.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks! Your support is important. Unfortunately galleries have gifted me only with rejections. Collage is still not considered real art I think.

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      • kestrelart says :

        I have wondered about this for all the time I followed you. So we think any person can sample bits of coloured pictures and make a collage, and primary school kids do this and “grow out of it” if they take art forward as a school subject.
        But this is nonsense generally, and specifically, your collages have stood out for me, and I am always astounded by them. You are highly skilled. It’s like comparing a professional sculptor with a child’s coat hanger art and dismissing both thereby.
        Maybe you have to have a reputation as a serious major artist making mega bucks, then when you do collage it’s suddenly profound and inspirational.
        Picasso did collage of course …

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        • kestrelart says :

          Maybe scale is the answer, as people have commented.

          Liked by 1 person

        • memadtwo says :

          Thanks…I used to get upset at being rejected from shows, especially when I saw what had been chosen, but now I don’t even enter anything anymore. Probably more people see it by posting it than they would in a gallery anyway. I think here in America anyway there’s trends that everyone jumps on, and I don’t fit into any of them. You need to make connections in your MFA program. I don’t even have an undergraduate art degree. I make things beause it’s what I do and I will carry on.

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  4. msjadeli says :

    Your assemblage gives great impact and I love your commentary that goes along with it. The music is new for me but the light resonates from the singer.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Dave Whatt says :

    Whoa!… Love ’em!…


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