Friday, February 27, 2009

Oeuf or Oeuvre?

I was watching a show on TV last night and the word oeuvre was mentioned. Have you ever actually used it in conversation? To me oeuvre is kind of pretentious. I think the only time I ever say it is when I’m joking around with someone about my work (which I look on as a hodge-podge and never an oeuvre).
Still, whenever I hear the word, I think of an egg …someone’s personal cosmic egg with all sorts of interesting things contained inside it. But this probably has more to do with the fact that French was always my worst subject, and I recall being ridiculed by a teacher because I thought oeuvre was the plural form of an egg. Writing out oeufs a hundred times certainly corrected that particular mistake.

Somehow the two words are still conjoined in my mind though, and that was what I was trying to get across with this digital ATC. I used an egg from a Luna Girl collage sheet and a painting of a model looking at a painting. I just wish I knew who the artist was because I like the counterpoint of the slightly racy-looking model and the elegant surroundings of a painter’s studio.

5 comments:

manus said...

I like your collages and especially your thoughts around them! Thank you!

azirca said...

This is great, I love the contrast between the egg, the line graph and the painting.

A bird in the hand said...

You think she's a racy model, but in fact she is an egghead.

Oof!!!!!!!

Suze said...

Susan...you just continue to marvel me.

Ginger said...

Wow now that thinking out of the theme.I loved your art.I love it when the artise is thinking of teaching plus an honest give of talent.Awesome Susan very inspirering!