You Not You

Continuing with collage month, I responded to Acey’s prompts 6 and 7. Sort of. This session ended up being an exercise in femaleness. What I adopt. What I reject. How I present. What I hide.

This second figure (above) feels like a fairly accurate portrayal of how I move through the world: a plainly dressed peasant giving off skepticism, perhaps even hostility. Appraising. Judging. Garden tool at her side.

As for the girl catching the ball — well, I learned ages ago that JOY dwells in my shadow (it’s not all vice and monsters in there folks!) Here she is, coming out of the shadows and showing up in all her glory — war torn nation, poverty, notwithstanding. Joy isn’t necessarily circumstantial.

Elsewhere find vanity and fashion. The part of me that I wish to hide is NOT the girly girl, however, but the entitled omnivore. The consumer.

The green swirls collage (with ravenous lion atop) come from a chart showing alarming trends in food consumption worldwide. On another page I wove those green trend lines with very high end bracelets. The monkeys of fable show up twice.

Speak no evil. Hear no evil. See no evil.

Indeed. That’s one very privileged way to deal with climate change and scarcity.

We have two cars. I still eat meat. We fly often to visit family. Keep the house warm.

The last figure (in the red dress) is an enigma and that’s just fine, although if I had to guess, I’d say she’s gonna eat that baby. Maybe not today or tomorrow but soon. Top level omnivore. A witch of old.

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13 thoughts on “You Not You

    1. deemallon

      Oh thank you so much. I could say soooo much more but the day imposes its demands. As dinner time approaches I’m aware that I ought to step away for a couple days to get other things done. Will I? Who knows. There is a lot of energy here for this. So thank you for that.

    1. deemallon

      It’s a brown-haired model in her late twenties. The picture doesn’t really show the face well at all. But funny to wonder where Nicks might rank on the cannibalism scale.

  1. ravenandsparrow

    I’m not doing the collage project, but I am enjoying watching you (and others) do it. I like your self-portraits (skeptical, judgmental peasant with garden tool, and woman venting joy collected in the shadows). There is something tender about the lion with its arm around the shoulders of its kill…also something knife-like and visceral. Very memorable and probably a self-portrait too, in some way. (No offense intended.)

    1. deemallon

      Thanks Dana. After I posted this I went back and looked at that lion and prey and was struck by the same thing — how it appears to be embracing the victim. Definitely worth spending more time with.

      1. Acey

        I actually looked at it from the inverse – how the human appeared to be yielding in an almost erotic way.

  2. nancy

    Again, you find most amazing images! The weaving of the bracelets – brilliant. The lion, as if they are in relationship, those two. The one in the red dress and the joy…I had to look more than once. And the judgey…it’s hard not to be at times.


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