'Mystery' - original collage

Dunstan Doodles

'Mystery' - original collage

Mystery (2018)

A3 in size - Magazine / book collage.

Only available as an original piece (on mountboard, in a white mount and a black frame).

This latest work ties in with my other recent collages in so much as it captures that surreal, psychedelic sci-fi look I'm a big fan of. With this piece I wanted a big central image and my starting point was the idea of mystery. I have a handful of hardback books I’ve collected that delve into ‘the unknown’, UFOs, aliens and the like, and another small collection of books that explore ancient cultures and civilizations like the Aegeans, the Aztecs and the Incans. I went through these books and after lots of umming and ahhing and experimention I finally decided on the main cut-outs I’d use. The central image incorporates five different cut-outs – Rasputin the ‘Mad Monk’, an ancient pattern linked to crop circles, a still of JFK being shot, a section of an old Aztec scroll and an Incan illustration. I liked the idea of trying to connect and incorporate random mysterious images to create something striking and unified. This loose idea of serendipitious synchronicity popped into my head after watching the recent TV adaptation of Douglas Adams’ 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency'. The show was a bit hit and miss but the one line that echoed around in my head was, “everything is connected”. It’s the kind of phrase you’d imagine a conspiracy theory lover uttering on a daily basis, but it also regularly rings true and I like that conflicted but harmonious way of seeing things. Once I had the central image in place I wanted to frame it and right from the off I decided I wanted mountains and something space themed to set it all off. It took a while to find the right images but once I had them the whole piece slotted together really well.

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