Thursday, April 16, 2020

Flattening the Curve, Day 29

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The Transformation of Thomas Babington Macaulay 
Hello friends. Today is my twenty-ninth day of mandatory leave from my work site due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and I spent the morning finishing another collage that I had started several months ago and had set aside to gather dust apparently...

I cut this book cover off of Thomas Babington Macaulay's 1854 German translation of The History of England to use as a base for this piece which is titled The Transformation of Thomas Babington Macaulay. I originally bought the book (at a library book sale) because it has an interesting font. You can see the font on the last collage I shared here on the blog entitled Reviving the Dance.

The portrait of Mr. Macaulay is an engraving by E.U. Eddis. I find the portrait a bit disturbing to look at because the rendition is very realistic - in a creepy kind of way. It looks like a high quality black and white photograph and Mr. Macaulay is looking intently straight back at me. Do you see that?

The starting point for this piece was one of those serendipity moments. Once I had decided to use Mr. Macaulay's image for collage I cut it out of the frontispiece of the book and when my attention was called away, I tossed it on top of the book, took care of whatever bit of business called me away, and when I came back to the project my eyes opened wide as I stared back at Mr. Macaulay looking at me as he sat perfectly framed, just as shown here, on top of the cover of his book. That's when I decided to cut the cover off the book.

I said to Mr. Macaulay 'you need a transformation'. He resisted saying his authority and public standing would not allow a transmogrification of any kind. I laughed as I pulled out scissors, and a copy of Flowers, A Guide For Your Garden and commenced the transformation.

It is camellia season, after all.


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