I finished my collage for this month's challenge last night. I am happy with it, but also feel that it is more representational than I had intended. However, it is true to the idea I had, which was to portray the admiration I feel for several young artists who bravely continue on in pursuit of their dreams, despite the challenges everyone feels. The challenges are there, but one has to stay focussed on the goal, and not keep looking down.
I used paper, acrylic paint, gel medium, caran d'ache, clip art and rubber stamping.
Below is a close-up of the artist and her goal.
I found this project to be a wonderful challenge, I enjoyed it very much, and I have really enjoyed seeing the other participant's interpretations. My husband and I had several discussions of the theme, and he was very helpful. When I said that I planned to have the artist be a tight-rope walker, he found the following quote in an old Parabola magazine. I think that it adds a lot to the symbolism and the meaning of my piece.
"The whole process is part of the hero's journey: the false move is nonetheless a crucial bend along the path. To elaborate on von Franz's metaphor, in life's circus, the bumbling clown often precedes the death-defying high-wire act."
One other quote I found helpful, also found by my husband from the book Tracking the Gods: The Place of Myth in Modern Life by James Hollis:
"...the paradox Nietzsche described when he said we are both the abyss and the tightrope
across the abyss. We are the open emptiness, to be filled by courage and by choice, and
we are the fragile thread by which to traverse the abysmal terrors."