Paraphernalia Resurrected: Randy Mora

12 Apr

“There is nothing new under the sun”, ( Ecclesiastes 1: 9 ).  Each generation thinks they are better than the last,  but if that were so, why do we as a human race continue to repeat our old patterns and mistakes?   Colombian artist Randy Mora, takes vintage ephemera and creates digital collages that explore ideas that may seem to be modern yet still hearken to the styles of eras past.  His work reminds us that time has not erased our patterns and prejudices.

Torre Blanca, digital collage, 51.35x66cm

Mora’s illustrations seem to show us that none of the issues we face today is really all that new.  Man is man and has been of a similar nature since his beginning.

La Pitonisa, digital collage, 50x65cm

There has always existed a quest for wealth, for supremacy, for power and subjugation.  It seems to be in man’s very nature to isolate ourselves with others who are like us, judging and condemning those who are not.

Pan de Vida, digital collage, 46x60 cm

We live in a world divided between “us” and “them”, being taught from an early age to look out for ourselves first, creating within us cynical, fearful souls who become so self-centered we are unable to empathize and understand anyone whose views may be different from our own.

Magritte's Trap, digital collage, 43x50cm

My Favorite Independent Bookstore: Gay's the Word, London, commission for The Guardian ( UK )

The inability to empathize and see the world from someone else’s point of view too often breeds in us feelings of first fear, then of superiority.  Why are we afraid?  Why do we think ourselves better than another?  Each of us is born in the same way, completely innocent and knowing nothing of the world.   To see more of Randy Mora’s work, please visit his website.

Artist found via Escape Into Life.

Featured image is Este Año Sí…, commission for Dinero, Business & Economy Magazine.  All images are via the artist’s website.

5 Responses to “Paraphernalia Resurrected: Randy Mora”

  1. beautifulhello April 12, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Very thought provoking I appreciate your comments!

  2. 35andupcynicismonhold April 13, 2012 at 3:10 am #

    hello! insightful narration, thanks… the second artwork is huge and stunning. the last one reminds me of edgar allan poe’s writings… 🙂

    • Lesley April 13, 2012 at 7:58 am #

      Thanks for the Poe comparison! Interesting!

  3. zookyshirts April 26, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Such cool arrangements using vintage pieces to assemble them into something new.

    • Lesley April 26, 2012 at 7:56 am #

      It really is interesting how many artists are using vintage ephemera in their work these days– and all in unique ways.

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