August 25: Exquisite corpse

August 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

I checked out a mocking parenting book from the library, in which the author makes fun of most other mothers, and in particular women who make crafts with kids, makes fun of glitter, accuses these women of lying that they actually enjoy the craft projects,  and claims it’s more rewarding to take kids to Target to browse the aisles. Or something like that.  Yes, I know she is not completely serious. Still, the book annoyed me to no end, and I felt sorry for her. Because, honestly, the best moments I have with my kid is when we are making art. Sometimes with glitter, sometimes without.

Tonight’s project started with the book Imagine That!: Activities and Adventures in Surrealism. First, J. made some strange dream drawings. Then we made some weird collages that turned armchairs into faces and faces into trees. While both these things were fun, they were not nearly as entertaining as creating exquisite corpses. What is an exquisite corpse? “Exquisite corpse, also known as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. “The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun”) or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.” — Wikipedia. It was so dadaist and so funny. So much so that J. insisted on making more tomorrow.

The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.


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