the Art of Analog Mutant: the Tourist

The Tourist is a large collage i completed in one sitting, drinking too much coffee or tea with my wife Jewly in our new apartment in Heritage Hill. This piece is the first one i made in our new studio, so it holds a kind of special spot in my heart for that reason.

It is approximately 20inches wide x 30inches tall. I used a board salvaged from a kitchenette cart left in the building by previous tenants. Most of it is from National Geographic and Traveller magazines, at least 10 – 20 years old. I used a little bit of paint and a marker to blend in the tree where it meets the sky/saturn rings

to me it represents travel…in a more transcendental sense of the word than usually implied…

The tourist has all of his “official” documentation allowing him government sanctioned  access to foreign lands and new experiences…the ever present clock ticking away the moments of his life…. the monochromatic nature of the tourist in contrast with his background is a play on awakening to new horizons (like the scene in Wizard of Oz when she comes out of the house after the tornado) … the way the environment cradles, even protects the tourist implies a womb-like relationship with nature and mankind…all of this is sort of a play on the “sans frontieres” concept in every sense of the term…

a wild and colorful landscape reminds me of what my mind’s eye thinks the Central and South American landscape must look like, albeit romanticized(?) … flowers are a favorite theme in my work for the fragility of life, the whole growth and vitality imagery also…


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