Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Illustration Friday: CHOOSE

"Choose," the Gestapo officer told Sophie, so casually, so offhandedly. I've never forgotten this movie, never forget, either, that daily parents are forced by untold number of circumstances into this same position. Unconscionable. Vile. Inhumane.

magazine images, antique papers (German and ledger scraps), embossing powder, mica impressed with chicken wire stamp.

26 comments:

Pierina said...

I dont know what happen, I cant send you my comment.
Just want to know if have receive my email. Hugs!!!

mcaplan said...

Very powerful!

Thank you for our comment on my Collage Lab blog! It gave me a huge smile! :)

studio lolo said...

This is very powerful and moving. I'll try to give you a short story of a day that changed my life. I was "kidnapped" by a local woman when I was 6 years old. She lived at the top of the alley from me in Boston. Each day she would throw candy out the window to me while I played with other kids in the local schoolyard. One day she had me come upstairs and she kept me there, sobbing, calling me her baby. By nine o'clock that night the police knocked on her door. The kids I was playing with told my parents I was up there. The police took her away, my dad stood there cursing her and calling her names like "crazy German" etc. It wasn't until I became an adult that I realized the numbers across her wrist were her ID# from a concentration camp, and in her mind I was the baby she had to give away. I'll never forget that sweet, kind lady. She never hurt me, but back then people looked at her as "crazy" and after they took her away, I never saw her again, nor was I ever to talk about her. This is what your beautiful collage stirs up for me.

Richard Cardona said...

That was a powerful scene and movie, and this is a powerful piece. And wow, how can I even follow what Studio Lolo said. That's scary indeed. And very sad.

Carla said...

I can't believe that anyone who could make a piece of art this cool would think that my little card was over her head! Girl, you could make that card with one hand tied behind your back!

NANCY LEFKO said...

Incredible, moving collage and SO very well done.

indigene said...

This is a powerful illustration! It draws you end, thinking "Wow, this is pretty, then you really start to examine it and "Pow" you have some strong emotions! Bringing collaging to a new level with social commentary! Keep up the great work!

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Beth said...

great collage....
and with that trench coat cut out and ready to use....
well, great minds think alike when it comes to journal pages !!!

Jan said...

Very good works, I do like your posts. I'll link to you in my website just to take a look from time to time.

lucky said...

Your collages are beautiful...
intriguing...
powerful.

and thanks so much for your very kind comments!

Denise

Vicki said...

Hi Toni, thanks for your comments, yes the eyelets do go through the tin. Wow!! your collage is full of emotion, very captivating piece. Does make you stop and think, doesn't it? Well done xx vicki xx

j.rose said...

thank you for this post...the silhouette of the young girl is so haunting and powerful...really great stuff! I thank you for your posts on my site, i think i'll drop you a line...

johanna said...

i love your collages! they're beautiful and inspiring

Mable said...

I love this. You have a great eye. I've never seen collages so...composed.

Whoopsie Daisy! said...

Very powerful... very emotional... my MIL and I were talking about her experiences in the Japanese internment camps as a little girl and some of her stories came back to me in bits and pieces as I looked at your incredible collage. Not the same era as your piece but still...
TFS!
Jane
SBS 11

Cathy Gatland said...

Whew, that is a moving piece, and unbearable to think that similiar things still happen - you've tackled a dark subject very sensitively.

constance said...

A very meaningful collage...

platinum blonde said...

This is really beautiful! Great work!

david morris said...

A well composed collage. Very well considered images and use of colour.

Tim Hunt said...

I saw this movie years ago and really loved it, although i don't know if i have the fortitude to watch it a second time. Beautiful collage Toni. You are so prolific!

Thanks for visiting. I really appreciate your comments.

redcatdance said...

You've taken a very complicated emotionally charged topic and created a very descriptive image to capture that story. Great job!
I'm looking forward to your next one.

Veronica said...

T
you know how this really touched our hearts... wow is simply an understatment

Carolina said...

Oh Tony, I'm so moved by this piece...just amazing! A true work of art and thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Carolina said...

Sorry for misspelling your name Toni - I'm such a dork, I shouldn't be leaving comments when I'm this tired, but I couldn't leave your blog without leaving a comment after seing this beautiful piece.

Heather said...

Beautiful and sad, heartrending.

Carla said...

Happy Valentine's Day!