Memoirs of a Beast (2002)
Memoirs of a Beast

The foundation of Memoirs of a Beast is my grade school diary. Beginning in 2002, I “rewrote” it using mixed media and collage. The 180 pages that comprise Memoirs of a Beast are installed in chapter-like groupings, connected visually through a balance between blank pages, pages with partial text and those that obliterate the text entirely. Important to the composition of the pages are original collage elements such as tickets stubs, newspaper clippings and photographs. Combined with contemporary photographs, family photographs, gesso, Tar Gel, graphite and acrylic paint, the diary represents a life—my beastly life, your beastly life, a mess of details, scraps of disappointment and fragments of hope.

Judith Page