Method and Materials for Rococo Collage Series: All of the collages in this series were completed on stretched canvases. Many layers of various materials were built up and then ripped partly away. Images were added later to achieve unity of form, composition, and narrative. The collage/de-college process was chosen to ensure an element of chance to the finished work as well as convey a sense of wearing, weathering, decay, disintegration to the pieces. Greed leads directly to ruin and disintegration.
Concept for Rococo Collage Series:
These collages are an attempt to reconfigure and recontextualize the material of corporate/imperial propaganda to expose the narratives of violence and exploitation which lay embedded within and hidden beneath its images.
The Rocco style of European art (these pieces refer to French painting of the era) was active from roughly 1720 – 1789. The style is most known for its depictions of wealthy, fashionable aristocrats enjoying their leisure time, landscapes, and garden parties, flirting, and traveling about on “pilgrimages” which in reality were just a Europe wide party circuit. Rococo is decidedly gaudy, shallow, self-indulgent, and indifferent to what occurs outside the walls of its extravagantly contrived fantasies. Ugliness, suffering, and ethical issues are conspicuously absent from the painting of Rococo France. All of these are characteristics shared by the images and catch phrases of contemporary commercial advertising.
Historical Context to Rococo Collage Series:
Out of all this cloistered, and indifferent excess of the super-rich comes the French Revolution. A time of immense suffering of the masses and enormous violence toward the French aristocratic class. Suffering and death as a direct result of the greedy, irresponsible, and deluded conduct of the country’s rulers. A chilling and clear correlate to the conditions prevailing today in the US of A and which might possibly produce the same outcome.