“Water Angel 2” by Stephen Mead


Note from the artist: Though a montage which utilized different computer programs to create the effects that photographers of not-so-old created during acid bath development, this image, and the Water Angel series itself, actually came about through a fairly organic process. As an artist who could not afford to use real live models pretty much from the beginning, when not working from a dream or a vision in my own head, I have been like a magpie swooping up images from magazines and, more recently, the internet, images which “speak” to me on some level. More often than not, even if an idea forms in my head right away, I set the image aside and some times even forget about it. Sometimes my art process is akin to cleaning out a closet. I go back through these clips saved and a re-spark happens. In my earlier watercolor work I let lines, figures be transparently superimposed over one another and I am finding this pattern occurring again with these montages. I re-found the original figurative source and then went on a search for wings and water images of affinity, placing the multiple sources different ways and letting them tell me their stories as I do different crops, effects, layers, colors, etc. This is how the Water Angel here worked through me and in some ways, continues to.


A resident of NY, Stephen Mead is a Outsider published artist, writer, maker of short-collage films and sound-collage downloads. In 2014 he began a webpage to gather links of his poetry being published in such zines as Great Works, Unlikely Stories, Quill & Parchment, etc., in one place: Poetry on the Line, Stephen Mead For links to his other media and even merchandise if you are interested please feel free to Google Stephen Mead Art.

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