word collage – Jane Austen & allison anne

As an experiment, I selected at random a chapter from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, with the intention of substituting the nouns and verbs from another text. Proper names and the verbs, said & cried, were excluded. The text I chose was the Allison Anne interview by Fragmented Collective.

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allison anne [pronouns: they/them] is a collagist, mail-artist, zine-maker and graphic designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on occupied Dakota land. Their creative work – a result of years of self-directed experimentation with many traditional and digital mediums – is influenced by an education in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, where they received a Bachelor of Arts degree that also focused on Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. allison’s myriad interests and background create a personal perspective, often expressed through recycled, found, and reclaimed materials. They are an active member of the International Union of Mail-Artists and a founding member of Twin Cities Collage Collective, a group which endeavours to expand access to and interest in collage in Minneapolis-Saint Paul and beyond. Source – Arts to Heart 

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I tried to maintain the sequence of the selected words as they appeared in the interview. Interestingly, my random choice of chapter from the novel may have not been totally random. I selected chapter 10, which features a discussion of the art of letter writing. At the time, I had not considered this, but when I began the substitution it created an intriguing composition.  There was obviously some repetition, as the topics of interest were connected to the artist’s work. What emerged was a composition that was at turns, absurdist, oblique, metaphorical, and ironic. From lines of innuendo to metatextual commentary, this word collage ended up being about collage making and the art process. Read full  Word Collage~PDF.

The following images were created by combining text elements from the word collage, a Depiction of Austen from A Memoir of Jane Austen (1871), one of my photos & two of my collage scans.

 

 

 

 

Please click allison anne’s photo or collages to see more of their work. Many thanks to allison for the inspiration. Visit Twin Cities Collage Collective to see work by all their members.

Note: I only used the first half of chapter 10. Hope you found this experiment of interest.

Collage 14

God sour the milk of the knacking wench

with razor and twine she comes

to stanchion our blond and bucking bull,

pluck out his lovely plumbs.

 


God shiver the prunes on her bark of chest,

who capons the prancing young.

Let maggots befoul her alive in bed,

and dibble thorns in her tongue.

 

“God Sour the MIlk of the Knacking Wench” by Alden Nowlan.  (1960)

collage 13

More is the whole than a part: but half is more than the whole:

Clearly, The soul is the body: but is not the body the soul?

 

One and two are not one: but one and nothing is two:

Truth can hardly be false, if falsehood cannot be true.

 

Once the mastodon was: pterodactyls were common as cocks:

Then mammoth was God: now is He a prize Ox.

 

Parallel all things are: yet many of these are askew:

You are certainly I: but certainly I am not you.

 

 

from:  The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell

 by Swinburne, Algernon Charles   1870

 

collage 12

I met a lady

on a lazy street

hazel eyes

and little plush feet

her legs swam by

like lovely trout

eyes were trees

where boys leant out

 

hands in the dark and

a river side

round breasts rising

with the finger’s tide

 

she was plump as a finch

and live as a salmon

gay as silk and

proud as a Brahmin

 

 

we winked when we met

and laughed when we parted

never took time

to be brokenhearted

 

 

but no man sees

where the trout lie now

or what leans out

from the hazel bough

 

From the Hazel Bough ~ Earle Birney 1977