Hockney-Inspired Collage

When we were asked to create a photocollage using David Hockney’s own collages as inspiration in Process and Skills a few weeks ago, I was excited.  Coincidentally, I had just been researching Hockney and one of his inspirations, Cubism.  I had visited MoMA and seen the works of Picasso and other Cubist painters, and studied how they used their paintings to present layered views from many angles in order to capture a subject from all sides.  The result was a fragmented image, a painted collage.  Inspired by Cubist concepts, Hockney took numerous photographs of subjects from all angles, including their surroundings, and arranged the photos to compose a new image.

In each of Hockney’s collages, or “joiners,” he approaches his subject uniquely.  These are some of the works that most inspired my own collage:

Hockney captures the man's face and body from various angles and leaves white space between the polaroids in this collage.
Hockney captures the man’s face and body from various angles and leaves white space between the polaroids in this collage.
Hockney plays with scale, perspective and the shape of his overall collage in this
Hockney plays with scale, perspective and the shape of his overall collage in this “joiner.”
Hockney painstakingly creates a unified image from numerous photographs; the result is a more
Hockney painstakingly creates a unified image from numerous photographs; the result is a more “realistic” view of the subject, yet we still get the photographer’s perspective with the way he has photographed the ground and his shoes.

With my collage, I wanted to play with perspective, scale and shape of the overall piece.  Here is my final version, of my mother at the kitchen table (with an extra large cup of coffee!):

Photocollage by Emily Frank

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