Stephen Mead
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Soul Collage: Good Food for Thought
4 Replies you have a big pile of images you have saved in the closet or under the bed that you have been waiting to figure out what to do…Continue

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Our Collage Life, a Video to Introduce Myself

Around a decade ago I did a painting called "Boys Are Bubbles Also". It was based on photos I took of my partner's grandkids playing at a children's museum's large bubble making machine. The translucent colors were rainbow-hued, very strong and durable but also of course fragile as they popped and disappeared. This phenomenon became for me a symbol of life itself, and when making "Our Collage Life" I found myself applying that theme. Just about everyone who is given the chance at an education at some point might make a collage as an art project and also as a gift. It is something I think most of us, even if we don't have any sense of being an artist, can relate to, and maybe enjoy in the end. Carrying on with that tradition over the years and in this film, I began to realize how our lives and our memories are collage-like too. Collages, moments, memories, photos, bubbles...Life is a bittersweet hodgepodge of sorrow, joy, adversity and hope. When gathering images for this film and feeling again the memories, experiences, circumstances surrounding them, it came home to me about how I wasn't always necessarily happy , optimistic, free of anxiety, while these images were taking shape, that I wasn't necessarily in a place where I thought "things may get better", but I also know that while actually taking the photos or doing the collages that during those moments things were beyond being better, that in those moments things and I were actually pretty good. I am nearing 50 years old and still have moods of interior grumpiness (to say the least) and doubt about the point of "it" all, though when I look at everything which went into the making of this film, both the images and the experiences which they came from, I am happy that what comes across is mainly a sense of wonder. No, I am not a famous artist or celebrity or politician. I am not even rich (!), so you might ask yourself why on earth you should care what I think or have to say, and I might agree with you, but I'm still going to ask this of you anyway: just for more than the slim chance that things might get better, why not give yourself a little time to try and remember what is good in life despite the rest, and stick around too. Links to work:

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Submissions Wanted: Art Reflecting on Trump et. al

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Posted on January 30, 2017 at 7:05pm

For Every Orlando (no more, no more)

I am not a social animal savvy with media today but I have posted the following here and there:

"I humbly submit the image below "Embraced by Grace (For the Upstairs Lounge)" to send love and healing to the victims and loved ones of the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Florida. The only legacy I can think of at the moment, against terrorism, is love. If anyone has (or had) LGBT loved ones and would like to share their stories via letters,…


Posted on June 13, 2016 at 5:59pm

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At 2:35pm on July 1, 2017, José Morujão said…

Thanks for your comment.

At 10:17am on May 3, 2016, Laura S. Sitges said…

Thank you so much, Stephen!  What a cure for the timidity I feel at starting not only my association with the ISACA, but my post-Katrina identity as an assemblage artist half way through my 50s.  Our pieces, while quiet different, certainly show a similar social consciousness.  

Take good care of those grandbabies; I was just presented my second!  What a scrumptious plushy she is.

Laura Stella,

At 2:38pm on November 27, 2015, Elaine Norman said…

Many thanks!  Will  scoot over to Grand Central get a more complete photo.

At 3:47pm on November 22, 2015, Elaine Norman said…

And what a lovely and welcoming comment for you to make! Thanks a bunch.



At 3:15am on November 3, 2015, Karen Argus said…

They are 2 triptychs. The first triptych

The Second Triptych

Together they will form a story.

At 2:49pm on August 30, 2015, Robin Toulouse said…

Thank you, Stephen! I appreciate your comment.

At 10:37pm on August 12, 2015, Wendy Aikin said…

Thank you Stephen!


At 8:09pm on July 20, 2015, Paul Loughney said…
Thank you, Steven Mead. I appreciate the feedback.
At 7:58am on July 2, 2015, Diane Dellicarpini said…

Hi Stephen, 

I'm happy over there. I like the converstion and feedback. I think it is a bit more social. How are you doing ? I haven't loaded work here simply because I'm too lazy to change the image sizes, maybe soon.

At 12:20pm on June 22, 2015, Gerald Barnes said…

Yes, that's fine Stephen.  Thanks for your interest!



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Call for Artists: A Book About Death / Tribute to Ray Johnson

Started by Janice McDonald Jul 27, 2019.


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