How I Found Myself Through Art Again
Being creative has always been important to me for as long as I can remember. I go through creative phases, but one type of art I always seem to go back to is collage art. It’s through collage art that I discovered an old passion again and found a way to get through a global pandemic.
The Things That Keep Us Sane
As someone who works from home, I love my quality time outside of the house, whether it’s with friends or shopping. Unfortunately, during the shutdown in my home state of Michigan, I was stuck at home with no outlet for social time outside of social media. While the internet is great for keeping in touch, video chats aren’t the same as face-to-face human contact.
I don’t live alone, but the pandemic was stressful on both my husband and me, and I needed something to help me deal with my feelings of loneliness. I’d also recently gained a substantial amount of weight, which began before the pandemic. I wanted to feel some sense of self-confidence again. I fed both of these needs through collage art.
Combining Collage Art With Self-Portrait Photography
When I was in my teens, I went to modeling school and dreamed of a career on runways and in catalogs. While that dream was something I never followed through with past the diploma and a few runway competitions, modeling was always something I was sure to tell people when I talked about my past.
During the pandemic shutdown, I started doing collage art. This form of art has always been cathartic to me, and I find it relaxing and healing in so many ways. While I started with analog art, by clipping pages from magazines and gluing pictures and words into place, I quickly discovered a new avenue in digital collage.
I put together bright and colorful art. I created creepy and dark art. I followed collage art accounts on Instagram that did monthly and weekly prompts to inspire art. And then I started taking snapshots of myself and integrating them into my art, and suddenly I felt good about myself, not just my art.
Art by Yvonne Glasgow
With a white backdrop, a telescoping tripod, a remote shutter, my smartphone, costumes, and some photo editing skills, I started taking pictures of myself, removing the backgrounds, and creating strange and unusually fun self-portraits.
Sharing My Art
While not everyone is a fan of my art, those who enjoy my creative weirdness make me feel good about myself. Plus, looking at myself as a work of art gave me a new perspective on myself. No matter how I look physically, I am a work of art.
I started out making prints of my art, even those self-portrait pieces, to sell online and at local craft shows. While people loved my collage art, I only sold a few self-portrait prints. That led me to go online and set up a Patreon account. I think that having your art online, even if you’re not selling prints directly, makes the creativity more accessible.
My self-portrait art often looks at dark things, like my love of horror films reflected in homages to both Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) and Freddy Kruger (A Nightmare on Elm Street). My art also delves into body positivity, often incorporating lingerie into the works. My art isn’t for everyone, but each finished piece makes me feel whole.