Have you ever seen those ‘motivational posters’ with a gorgeous exotic landscape, such as a waterfall, a beach at twilight or a shot of The Most Beautiful Flower In the World? You know the ones, with slogans such as ‘Your heart is like the ocean, pulling in and pushing out’, or ‘When you reach out to touch the stars, you are bringing your dreams into reality”, or simply one word such as “Imagination” on the image of a sillhoueted palm tree.
Well, aren’t they… Pretty? And as well as trying to create a certain atmosphere they are also trying to help you be who you want, not who you are. You want to be spiritual? Here’s Geronimo’s face on a painted background with his words of wisdom, because some part of you connects with that image and wants to be that sage old fella, right? How about being spiritual in your own way?
This was the sort of thinking Tatterhood had in mind with her workshop of making a collage to depict how we see ourselves in,the NOW. Not how we used to be, or who we want to be; hell- not even how we want to see ourselves in the future.
Taking the idea of using certain phrases and images in order to project how we would like to be, how about if we made mash ups of how we see our lives in the present? This came about after reading about a psychoanalytical tool (sorry, I forget the actual name) enabling the patient to express how they saw their lives by using cut outs from magazines and excerpts of various quotes. So Tatterhood thought ‘wouldn’t it be fun if we did that whilst using the theme of seeing our lives as they ARE?’ After all, there is so much emphasis in the worlds of MBS and in modern day paganism about the future, that we forget to look in the present for our own solutions.
Dangerous, no! Fun? Oh yes! We scrabbled through various cut outs, pictures, slogans, messages, cartoons all taken from a multitude of magazines in order to make some sense of order from the chaos of our subconscious and the icons in front of us. I had to keep staring at the gratuitous images of the girls from Bizarre magazine to achieve a certain state of mind in order to be inspired… It was a rotten job, especially having to gaze intently at the well formed buttocks of some tattooed harlot, but someone had to do it, and it was a good thing Briseilid passed me that picture so I could protect the Grove members from temption…
In all seriousness, it was a fun exercise and interesting too. I learned about myself and it was good to express the frustration within as well as the hope. Our collages should be laminated in the near future and once I have images, I’ll update this entry. I know! I said that LAST time. But hey, I mean it.
Bravo, Tatterhood, we’ll be doing that one again.