I have learned that creating art is quite the healing tool. I take any current feelings and highlight it in an art piece with total focus and thought. I also make art as an energy release, composing art by grasping time, color, emotion, the five senses and presenting on paper. The result is a segment of my endless mind.
Due to tremendous loss, I have been inspired to create collage memorials in remembrance of loved ones who have departed. I think about what that loved one was like, what they did that made them happy, their impact on me. My own memories of them get put into a collage. I think about what I want to shine light on, what qualities made them unforgettable. I do make collages that are not death related. These collages usually have lots of bright colors and images, or have a nature theme.
My art is based on life and death, death being one thing most people are afraid of the most. Mortality. The end. I want to put a light to the inevitable, lean in and appreciate what we have now before death comes. My memories are just memories, but a remembrance collage can last forever.
Stacee Lyn from @rosesinremembrance. I work in Mixed Media Collage and Painting
I live in the United States, in New York near the Great Lakes.
I was born in near the Finger Lakes and moved around until age 6. I was not a fan of the disconnect moving as a kid created, but now I love roaming as a nomad in adulthood. I always seemed to live near water. It has impacted my template and what inspires me.
I love nature, trees, plants, swimming. I also have my own urban vegetable and herb garden.
Things I like to explore in my art include, life & death, loss, the universe, thought, nature, color, symbolism, our own intricate memories.
I have been creating art since I can remember, age 4-5. I looked up to my eccentric and prolific elementary school art teacher. She was tough and honest. For some reason I craved her guidance and appreciated her glorious spunk.
I started painting in high school and that carried on to college studies. Then adding printmaking, black and white photography into the mix. Creative writing/poetry in college magazines helped me explore another artistic side. I was a Fine Arts Major at Buffalo State College. I lasted almost 2 years, but never finished my degree.
After many years on hiatus, I just got back in to collage this year and it’s been so rewarding. I thought my creative mind disappeared. But it has come back with vengeance, and I am loving every minute of it.