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Collage as Mental Surgery
By Sara Allie
I was eager to attend B. Faulkner’s Art showcase, The Beautiful Wilderness, at the David Mikow Art Gallery in Catonsville, Maryland at the tail end of 2013. I had already known of the recent UMBC grad's artistic abilities yet this collage showcase displayed a fairly new aesthetic to her style and body of work.
B. Faulkner is a writer and mixed media artist who decided to divert from her camera during this particular journey. She wanted to reimagine the world from her head instead of her lens, using collage as a weapon. In doing so, she created a vision that investigates identity, gender and transformation. She wanted viewers to see her vision through the windows of Baltimore. She speaks of the collage as “surgeries that happened inside [her] bedroom walls, under a single bulb from a desk lamp done to the harmonious sounds of hypnotic tarring of magazine pages, newspapers, and art books.”
The essence of Faulkner's artistry comes through in her exhibition, The Beautiful Wilderness, entailing fragments of paper that are torn and redesigned and photographed. The Beautiful Wilderness depicts the mudane yet traditional rituals of a black woman. Although the action of combing a child’s hair seems frivolous, it is a tradition that is held sacred among black women. Faulkner describes The Beautiful Wilderness as a comma in her artistry career. Look forward to the next clause.
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