I’ve been doing a fun collaborative book exchange project with Brooklyn artist Alison Corrie for the past year or so, and am finally getting around to getting these images online. This is the first book of a series. We’re almost done with the second book, and the third is underway.
Book One was handmade by Alison, then we sent it back and forth, each adding whatever we wanted- collage, painting, drawing, text. Everything is fair game, nothing is sacred. It’s ok to add to the other person’s work, draw right over it, cut up the pages, whatever.
I used to be a bit afraid of this kind of thing, viewing my art as “MINE!” Don’t touch it, don’t change it. Don’t tell me you think it would look better if it was yellow instead of blue. I think the bizarre, competitive atmosphere of art school just embedded this way of thinking even deeper in my mind. But I’ve come to see that there is value in being more open, more sharing, less controlling and clinging. Of course I still make things that are “mine” alone, but this process of collaborating with another artist has been incredibly inspiring and freeing. It’s fun to add to someone else’s work and be influenced by what they’ve done. It’s even fun to see what they’ve done with my work, how they reacted to it. And if they decided to paste something right over top of something I did, well, that’s just fine. It’s a totally different way of doing things- a dialog with someone other than myself.
Here’s the cover of the first book. More images to follow soon!
(Originally posted on http://jenmccleary.blogspot.com)