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:
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!):