I am making a concertina book about me – I had a Freudian slip on the cover – I put Me , UK , born Blonde – white Middle class –
Am I still so shallow that I would accidentally put my hair colour first? I meant to leave a gap and put 1961 – to label my self in a temporal setting – I must have stopped thinking and my dyslexic brain added another b word – what about female- educated ? Western? Feminist? I am horrified and amused at my self at the same time – to be Blonde , tall and having a small dark haired sister was important in terms of competition and getting boy friends , when I was growing up ….. I am prematurely white now and revel in it – no more hair dye – it is a statement – and my sister is almost the same colour aging has levelled the playing field
Working along the book
I used gesso and blue acrylic patterns with collaged paper as a background
I added as many words I could think of that described me at the moment
I commented again on the blonde issue and the fact that I am full of contradictions
Jon bought home an academic book and flipping through it reminded me of the vocabulary I used during my MA so I added that I am a post structuralist …….
At the end I added lots of pictures of me and my family – concentrating on the female representations of me – and relationships with mother / daughter – partly because I forgot to put female on the front of the book and also because of there importance
I also added a fiery, rainbow semi nude self portrait – that I found empowering to do a couple of years ago – it is very small and when I asked Jon if he could see a nude figure in the layout he said no – ( good luck finding it)
I am thinking of doing some journalling teaching so I will be working through Some techniques that I have learnt over the past couple of years in the next couple of posts
I don’t think I know what a post-structuralist is. That’s ok. I was blonde once but haven’t thought of myself that way for years as the grey arrived very early on. Will you be teaching online? I like reading about your processes and thoughts in your blog posts. It is making me stop and think about mine.
Hi I have no plans to teach online at the moment a post structuralist is someone who is questioning of the received understandings of how things are . Thank you for your comment
Thanks. I need to ponder that. Not sure about ‘received understandings’. Will look into it. 😊 I am a bit busy with life at the moment but next week will be back into my journal and new parcel!