Saturday, February 4, 2012

Collage 669

On these pages, Tolstoy writes about how General Kutozov presented circumstances differently, depending on who he was talking with. Some passages (whole chapters!) are difficult to respond to visually. (Unless you are Otto and love history!!).

So with this piece, I was just having fun with some fly paper that Lynn and Lucy ripped off a wall in New York City in October when we made a road trip to The New School to talk about a show.

And our show is happening next week! We will be giving two free workshops in collaborative collage-making, followed by the opening reception at 6pm. So if you are in NYC at that time, come visit Team Tolstoy. Either at the workshops or the opening party.

And today's BIG announcement: we finished the project today! We met in the studio, and finished! Adrienne, Emma, Lucy, Lynn and I. 748 collages. Unbelievable. Check out our Facebook page!

It was bittersweet for me. This has been such a huge part of my life for the last 2 years, and it is neither the elation of"finishing" nor the sadness of "ending", exactly. It is hard to say what I feel about it. I have really poured myself into it; we all have. We've had our ups and downs, our ins and outs. But we have finished, and we all still like each other! Now that's saying something. "Collaborating artists" is a bit of an oxymoron. Artists don't really like to repeat themselves, so sticking with the 5x7 inch format for 2 years was a challenge! And yet we have pulled it off and have an amazing body of work that we are all very proud of.

We have a lot of shows in the future already lined up, and who knows what else may develop.

Stay tuned - we will continue to post an image a day. Which will take about 3 more months! -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 593-594, volume 2 of original text
collage, ink
made 10/21/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1085-1086

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