Newspaper Collage (Joy)
Newspaper Collage (Joy), 2021
Mixed media collage with newspaper, UPS labels, oil paint, and manilla envelope
“I cut the central image from a Sunday edition of The New York Times, a reprint of an archived negative marked with white paint for editing. The couple pictured, dancing in bell bottoms, is framed by bars of sheet music and centered on a manilla envelope. Two stickers that I created with UPS labels and oil paint hug the central composition. All the elements are held together with layers of ModPodge and everyday magic. I was drawn to the movement and rhythm and irrefutable Black joy of this couple and was moved to center them in my work. While composing this collage I thought about joy, resilience, and what it means to move freely. I created it as a gift for my partner (another multi-racial, living legacy of the African diaspora), and mailed it across the Atlantic Ocean to London.” - Ada Griffin
Ada Griffin is a multimedia artist from Pittsburgh, PA. Griffin’s work explores questions of identity, race, and history. She currently studies the History of Art at Yale University. She plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in May 2022.