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The collage demonstrates transcendentalism beliefs by being colorful, having organic shapes, having earth figures such as a tree, and showing more then just one normal portrait but taking it out of the box. The collage is very busy and shows an avid demonstration of imagination at work. It is an example of something that maybe a non-conformist might make because it does not stick to the basic guidelines of traditional art but expands to a different genre. To fully understand or feel the art it is important to keep in mind that “ It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” (Thoreau, Walden). You have to look past the bright colors and the odd items and see it for the artist’s personality and expression of themselves or depending on the art, the deeper meaning.

What inspired the collage was, the fish in the middle top. In a magazine, it was the cover page for an article about healthy eating. The fish had small metallic hints and nice accent colors. As the collage progressed, other inspiring magazine clips were added, paints and sharpie was added, and then random little doodles were added. The end result came out to be an expressive piece that feels loose and upbeat.

This creation shows agreement with transcendentalism by showing non-conformism and organic colors and figures. Conformist art could be considered traditional portraits or landscapes done in a realistic way. For example Victorian portraits, that sticks to the model and does not expand on a greater message or understanding. There is only one thing to look at; on the other hand in the collage there are many things to look at. It is striking and original. It ‘s colors and figures add to its transcendentalism; it adds the aspect of nature and freedom. In your own art you have the freedom to add what you want and do what you want to your work. Art is place of freedom and jubilation.