Leopold Bloom’s portrait is created in Collage by Deco. I was inspired by a tiny sketch by James Joyce of his fictional character. Joyce scribbled it on a scrap of paper which I saw on display in the James Joyce Museum in Trieste, Italy. I used it as a basis for this portrait, and then composed the portrait of scraps of paper cut from magazines and catalogs, my perfected technique. The background is composed with paragraphs torn from the pages of a reprint of the 1922 edition, with pertinent passages from the 1961 version as well. Sharp-eyed observers will spot the Joyce sketch as well! The finished Original Collage was displayed at the Santa Fe Bloomsday event in 2016.
20 x 16 inches
The Irish Everyman, as perceived by James Joyce, is ready for a stroll down Grafton Street in downtown Dublin, although he is a little warmly dressed for mid-June. Words and thoughts swirl around him as he lives his day, concerned with his business, his wife and his place in the world.