Collage Art Storytelling
by Marjolyn van der Hart
Welcome to my Memory Art Girl Store!
Let the Past inspire your Present!
For many of us, our identity is tied to memories from our childhood. There are moments when we see an image, and we are taken to another time and place. One that seemed simpler. My goal is to find these triggers of memory. However, I also try to find a way to give us a deeper sense of who we are today by using these images from the past. By doing this, there is a bridge between the vintage style and a modern perspective. What is old becomes new. A contemporary vision of our reality.
Each image creates a cluster of thoughts, a memory or idea that takes you into another place. This place references the past, as though to take you out of the uncertain/unknown present and into romantic glory days that creates a nostalgic twinge.
The nostalgia is an entry point to understand and deepen your awareness of your present life. Themes of love, empowerment and escape play a part in the stories. For the romantic who enjoys nostalgia, these pieces brings a depth of meaning of how the past can enable you to enjoy the present.
Stories develop by using found photos, vintage advertising, stills from classic films, music scores, and snippets of poetry. Narratives evolve as moments of images are placed together. As the images collage, stories present themselves and memory becomes a binding force. Yet each image is interpreted in the context of Today.