try again, fail better

Postcard for A, created for Waste Cut & Paste group: except for the demi-goddess (upper left), which came from a trashed art book, all the images are from my junk mail.


Humorous note: the arm with the sword is from a Barbie catalog. It's part of a Barbie doll version of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. If you look at the fingers, you can tell they're plastic. =laugh=


Samuel Beckett provides the title. The full quotation, I believe from Molloy, is:

"Try. Fail. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."


"Failing better" is a concept I often think about when I'm making collages, since I'm a 56-yr-old doctor who's never had an art class. I've only been making collages for two years. Perhaps Robert Browning's version of the concept will be more familiar to you: "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,/Else what's a heaven for?" I keep telling myself: just attempting to make art is worthwhile, even when I don't succeed.

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Taken on October 2, 2011