2008: Aesthetic Alchemy

Back in 2008, I finished this series of surreal watercolor collage works.  The following images are sample works from this series.  Each piece is 9.5in x 12.5in watercolor collage on Arches coldpress watercolor paper.  The titles are inspired by the concept of Jenny Holzer’s truisms. 2008 was a time of a lot of life adjustments, moving to England, becoming a military spouse, working my first adult job where I was using my college degree, trying to find a social circle, learning to share my home with my husband–basically, a fresh college graduate learning life wasn’t quite what I expected, in some good ways and some bad ways.

At a certain point, it seems procreation becomes selfish, irresponsible, and unintentionally destructive
At a certain point, it seems procreation becomes selfish, irresponsible, and unintentionally destructive. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
There comes a point in every relationship that one has to make a conscious decision if it is worth the effort and act accordingly
There comes a point in every relationship that one has to make a conscious decision if it is worth the effort and act accordingly. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
We have long since passed the time when a women’s worth is measured by her ability to produce offspring.
We have long since passed the time when a women’s worth is measured by her ability to produce offspring. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
Societal hierarchy is inevitable.
Societal hierarchy is inevitable. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
The words of a church do not necessarily equal the words of God.
The words of a church do not necessarily equal the words of God. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
Throughout your life, some people will deceive you simply because they can.
Throughout your life, some people will deceive you simply because they can. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
 Everything you know and love can be taken from you in a matter of moments.
Everything you know and love can be taken from you in a matter of moments. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
He said that I was one of the precious things in this world worth protecting.
He said that I was one of the precious things in this world worth protecting. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
We are constantly at the mercy of those with more power and influence than ourselves. 2008
We are constantly at the mercy of those with more power and influence than ourselves. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
Some use religion as a means to satisfy addictive tendencies.
Some use religion as a means to satisfy addictive tendencies. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008
We act in blatant disregard for future generations.
We act in blatant disregard for future generations. • Carly Swenson • Watercolor collage • 2008

2 Replies to “2008: Aesthetic Alchemy”

  1. I couldn’t help but notice but one of the images in the paintings looks rather like your Gravatar, of course I am probably wrong and if so please ignore my thoughts on that one :) I like all of the art shown here Carly :)

    Andro xx

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