While enrolled at THINK Global School, students are encouraged to be creative during the course of their studies and travels. When the students document these thoughts, we are often delighted with the results. Beneath is a collage created by 9th grade student Liisa T. for her teacher, Lee ann Thomas, and her art class. Through her collage, Liisa addresses the inundation of information we as a digital society now face, with more and more of our waking hours spent fixated on screens. Under the collage, you can find Liisa’s description of her work.
THIS IS A COLLAGE IN THE SIZE OF TWO A4 PAPERS. The background is made out of announcements about movies; which movie is the best, the one you have to see, the movie that is ‘unbelievable’ and ‘impossible’. All of these messages mix together in the background. Further down on the collage, there are messages from the newspapers, telling people to “stay off the roads”, “stay home” & “stay inside.” There are also many other, way shorter, clips with simple messages that consist of a single word such as “depression”, “flaw”, etc. to emphasize the mood of the collage.
The main focus of the collage is Stephen Hawking, with text over his face saying ‘the beast – a predictor of depression’, which is relating to today’s society, where depression is one of our greatest diseases. Later on, there’s another small clip from a paper as a follow up to that, stating that [he is/we are] “fixated by screens, and seemingly nothing else”. This is very relatable to today’s Western society, where technology takes up most of our time, and we spend many hours in front of our screen every day.
The main difference between my work and the different artists that we have looked at, such as Barbra Kruger, is that my collage is not nearly as minimalistic as their work is. The chaos that makes up the photo helps convey the message of a society where we are overwhelmed with information, with newspapers and the media constantly telling us what to do and what to think.