I am so glad to have had the opportunity to contribute to Team Tolstoy! What a terrific idea! I love to visit the blog to see all the new collages. They just keep getting better and better.
I wish I had more ephemera on hand when I did this, but that is a whole other story….. Anyhow, I don’t have a clue what Tolstoy wrote on page 507/8. I guess the images of war (bloodshed, movement) were in my mind when I worked on this. -- Suz
I hope that Suzanne doesn't get too mad that I add to her comment. This is an absolutely beautiful piece. And it has a story! Do you wonder what happened to the missing ephemera that she referred to? Suzanne lives in NYC. She is an old friend of mine as well as Lucy Arrington's. We all met at work about 25 years ago. I mailed her the page of original text as well as some ephemera. I didn't hear back from her for a while, so I emailed. A week of silence. I called and asked about the progress of the collage (we need lead time so Mark can photograph them). She started off by saying, "please don't hate me...". She said that she completed the collage but didn't like it at all -- so she threw it out! Gone. In a landfill in New Jersey somewhere. I was aghast. I laughed and cried. Suzanne is a tough self-critic. She doesn't have the advantage of being in the studio with the group where we praise each and every effort. I told the other team members about the blunder and we were divided about what to do. Fake it? Leave a blank in the series? Mail her more materials gleaned from other original pages? We decided to give it another shot -- and look at this beauty that she came up with! My only regret is that she threw out the first one because knowing Suzanne, it was probably glorious as well. -- Lola
from page 507-508 of original text
collage, acrylic paint