Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Collage 78

In anticipation of my trip to Paris, last week I started reading Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik. He is a wonderful essayist. In the chapter entitled "The Crisis in French Cooking", he interviews a writer, Jean-Philippe Derenne who wrote a booked called L'Amateur de Cuisine. His first book was an analysis of plants and animals and the chemistry of what happens as you use heat and cold to prepare them to eat. He is talking about his second book which will be about what gets thrown out, what gets discarded -- the world of the rejected. Gopnik comments, "... religion depends on being able to find the holy in the ordinary. It's putting together things banal in themselves which nonetheless become transformed into something transcendent."

This project, through the process of collage, is putting things together that have been cast off by others, pulling people together, to transform elements, maybe even to transform ourselves. -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
page 163-164 of original text
made 4/18/10
collage, acrylic paint

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