Inspired by Brian Kasstle’s art journals, I decided to create a page exploring my personal imagery. Looking through all of my paintings and collages, I tried to find which shapes, themes, animals, colors, and designs I used the most in my work. I noticed that in most of my art the image of a bird appears. I was kind of embarrassed by this. I feel like birds have been heavily commercialized in mixed media art. Walking down an aisle at Michael’s there are birds on everything. My art journal is not a place to be dishonest, however. Birds, layers, and bright rainbow colors are what I use most in my art, so these are the characteristics I incorporated into this collage. What does it mean, that I’m addicted to the image of a bird? The obvious meaning to me is freedom. Flying free above a job I don’t like, bills I can’t afford, insecurities, fears…a bird simply spreads its wings to escape an unpleasant situation. I’m jealous.
Do you have common themes in your art? What image do you think best represents you? I think it would be interesting to hear what symbol other artists use to represent themselves.