Digital collages

While waiting in line at the Angelika the other night for a showing of Manchester by the Sea, I was looking at the many vintage movie posters in the theater's lobby. The colors, the graphics, the animated figures—so exciting. How fun would it be to cut them up and make collages from them? 

The next day, I gave it a try, pulling images of posters from online because I was eager to get started and didn't want to spend time searching for actual posters to buy. Below, a handful of experiments, assembled with my rudimentary understanding of Photoshop (meaning, everything I know about it I learned from Google).

This poster idea needs to be developed, especially if I continue with it in the digital form. I'm accustomed to working with real materials, not on the computer, and there's a tactile aspect to that process, the loss of which I notice informed how I approached these digital compositions. Working with fragments of paper and moving them about on a canvas with my hands, there's an immediacy and a sense of the hands being in complete service of the mind. Something highly intuitive. With the computer, perhaps because I don't Photoshop well and so it's not second nature to me, I have to "think" much more, and I can't achieve exactly what I want because of the limits of the software and my skills with it.

But all of that aside, it was so exciting to give this idea a go. There's potential here. 

Blue Dress, 2016, by Kristina Feliciano. All rights reserved.

Janet, 2016, by Kristina Feliciano. All rights reserved.

Blue Man, 2016, by Kristina Feliciano. All rights reserved.

Fear, 2016, by Kristina Feliciano. All rights reserved.

As an experiment, I converted Blue Dress to black & white and cropped it, because the woman is so compelling and can carry the collage on her own.