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the age of rhubarb

Cut-paper collage postcard created for the Kollage Kit weekly theme: "Age..." (as in the Iron Age, the Jet Age, etc.)


I know it looks like cheating—that I just stuck a title including "age" on an abstract collage—but hear me out... Ever since the theme for this week was announced, I've had this phrase rattling around in my head: "The Age of Rhubarb." And I started to form impressions of what the Age of Rhubarb would look like. I decided it was before the time of humans on Earth, before the time of any animals, when huge red sulfur-fixing (not photosynthetic) plants covered the Earth, and there was all this red dust in the atmosphere. The moon was in more than one fragment, and bits of alien technical gear were drifting into Earth's gravitational field.


It was driving me crazy, imagining this Age of Rhubarb and thinking it didn't count for the theme, because it wasn't a real age. So finally this morning I gave up, and spent hours going through clippings looking for what would illustrate the Age of Rhubarb. And so here it is... =laugh=


The strange reddish thing is clipped from a fashion ad in Interview. All the other pieces are details from paintings by Wayne Thiebaud.

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Taken on March 6, 2012