There is something so cathartic about taking a bunch of unrelated images and arranging them in a way that makes sense. It gives me the feeling that I can make sense of anything, even of my own chaotic life. It can sometimes take only one image or set of words to ignite that creative flame that lives deep beneath my belly fat. In my latest issue of Nylon, I discovered a picture of a rhinestone necklace that read “Reality TV Makes Me Sad”. And that was the image that spiraled this latest project into motion. I had been saving a photo of Lykke Li from an Interview magazine, and I had the idea to combine the two to create a glittery homage to sadness.
I recently discovered the thrills of patterned duct tape, so I decided to leopardize the picture frame. Seriously, I’ve never been so in love with tape before. I then of course showered the entire collage in gold glitter (Rose Quartz by Martha Stewart to be exact) because I’m forever in lust with shiny objects. I feel as if the gold glitter sort of acts as metallic tears.
The final product is a creation that I connect to perhaps more than any of my previous collages. Yes, the women are sad, but I feel like it is one of those good sads, like the sadness you feel after a really good cry or when a haunting song really gets into the core of you. The kind of sad that reminds you of who you are and what you care about. It is a cleansing sad, like a rain washing out the day’s filth to make room for a sunnier day.