A subconscious patchwork of inspirations operate inside the mind of any artist… in fact, some theorists argue that art is never original because it is an amalgamation of cultural references to texts they have already seen.
For me, that patchwork quilt has many Flickr artists included. For instance, the ones in this montage. Elements of each of them can be found in my new image, this image which you will see further below.
The montage above shows (clockwise from top left):
Mad Dog and Basket Case
By Allure F
(the three sedimentary layers working within the composition)
the token bikini shot
(inspiration to use bikini/lingerie even in an unusual location/composition)
Tarah – Sofa
(this artist’s trademark is to place his skimpy-clothed subjects here, there and everywhere, and a little bit of subconscious inspiration took place when creating my image! This pic of Tarah is used as one example of Merkley’s use of sofas/the domestic space in general.)
(fruity surrealism…. the object is charged with weirdness by being placed in the foreground. The presence of a woman behind it insinuates most prominently the biblical narrative of the garden of Eden)
So – put all these inspirations into a pot, mix ‘em together and what do you get?
‘Self portrait with Lichtenstein and a thorned basket of fruit’