World Collage Day, hosted by Kolaj Institute and Magazine, is an international event held annually in May. This year’s collage day is May 8. All over the world, people make collages for the sheer joy of turning chaos into beauty. A special addition of Kolaj Magazine includes sheets of images to cut out and use however one likes. Many people also use rubbish and other found papers. They add paint or make marks. They tear paper, build layers, use glue or thread or staples. Really, anything goes. They exhibit mostly on Instagram.
Here’s a project I’m participating in for World Collage Day (WCD) 2021:
Fear of Navigating Parenthood
This 8mm by 8mm ( about 3 inch square) collage was to be my contribution to the 2021 version of “Circulaire 231,” a WCD event hosted by Quebec-based artist RF Cote. He produces a short-run magazine with all the collages he receives from around the world. You can see RF’s own collage work at https://www.instagram.com/rf_cote/?hl=en
But when I looked up the address so I could mail my collage to him, I realized I was supposed to send 25 collages, not just one. So I got busy. I decided I needed a theme to help me get this done, and since the first one looked to me like “fear of navigating” and I could think of lots of ways to be fearful of navigating, the chase was on. Below are 24 versions of phobia.
Below are a few of my favorites with titles. Some of the others must have meanings that are buried in my subconscious. Please keep in mind these are not my personal fears—well, in some if not all cases that’s true.
Fear of Navigating Authority
Fear of Navigating Wildlife
Fear of Navigating Exposure
Fear of Navigating Alternative Medicine
Fear of Navigating Tight Spaces
Fear of Navigating Sex
Fear of Navigating Technology
Fear of Navigating Life Away from Home
Fear of Navigating Self Expression
Fear of Navigating Contact with Strangers
I’m really not a fearful person (other than sometimes behind the steering wheel of a car in South Carolina).