Sunday, August 1, 2010

Collage 137

We are so pleased with Otto's contribution! He has taken us into the third dimension and also has made a youtube video to accompany his collage.

Here is the link to his video:

Otto's Instructions

This collage was inspired by the notion that places like the Rostov's Moscow house, their country estate Otradnoe, and Bald Hills, the estate where Andrei Bolkonsky's father and sister live almost come across as minor characters in War and Peace. Tolstoy brings the reader back to these homes again and again. These homes are not always happy or even safe, but they are strong and constant presences in the book. This page is set at Bald Hills, the place where Prince Andrei's son is born and where his wife and father die, and to which Marya returns for the happy end of the book.

The little house that can be built with my collage - a peasant's cottage, perhaps? - symbolizes the idea of a home: A permanent shelter surrounded by cultivated land, vegetable plots, paths and terraces; a place where people grow and develop; a place that has many stories to tell. -- Otto

Otto Mayr
from page 281-282 of original text
collage, acrylic paint
made 6/25/10
Berlin, Germany

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