SPOOKY ARCHIVAL ART ORGY
Halloween gets me all hot and bothered. One way to scratch that itch is to ogle some spooky images. I especially love archival images because of my naturally nostalgic nature. Not that I would seriously ever want to live in a past era—No thanks! Too oppressive!—but it is always fun to see how aesthetics have changed and, in some ways, not changed much at all. My first serious work with archival images was a college documentary on Edgar Allan Poe that I made for the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. (You can watch it on The Huffington Post if you’re a nerd like me.) I’ve done a lot of serious and not-so-serious work with archival imagery since then. An example of the not-so-serious were my submissions for the Library of Virginia’s REMIX archival art competition.
Last year, the library staff challenged Virginians to make collages, GIFs, and other digital art using archival images they posted on a Flickr page. It was during October for American Archives Month, so spookiness was encouraged. I’m not just a history geek, I’m an art geek, so I went bananas for that competition. I downloaded my favorite images, pulled them into Photoshop, and played around.
I ended up winning First Place (for “The Culture War,” which I’ve included here) and People’s Choice. But there were all kinds of kooky and beautiful entries!
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Christine Stoddard is a writer, artist, and the founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine. She is also a Puffin Foundation grantee, Artbridge competition winner, former Annmarie Sculpture Garden visiting artist, and current City College of New York Connor Art Fellow. She has authored or contributed to books for Spuyten Duyvil Publishing, The History Press, Shanti Arts Publishing, Dancing Girl Press, Another New Calligraphy, Candlewick Press, and elsewhere.