For quite some time I was collecting scrap pieces of paper and mementos, like cards from our recent NYC exhibit trip, and thinking, thinking, thinking how could I express my emotions about such a heavy page of Tolstoy?
Here Tolstoy writes in circles about changing historical landscapes.. so I started thinking about nature, colors, swirling, and... then it hit me... GUM WRAPPERS!
Thanks to my daughter, Natalie, I have the perfectly inspired collage. She and her friends in Atlanta make elaborate collages themselves on their school notebooks with the gum wrapper foil from Wrigley's 5 Gum. Each flavor has its own foil color -- and coincidentally, they all have stunning landscape hues -- blues, greens, golds, blacks. The foil simply peels right off the wax paper and even leaves a sticky residue so no glue needed -- perfect for collage!
Thank you Natalie Carney Johnson!
Thank you Wrigley's! And thank you Tolstoy!! -- Christiane
Christiane Carney Johnson
from page 719-720, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 2012-2013