On this day, 253 years ago, the Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in the beautiful city of Salzburg. We are listening to his Clarinet Quintet as I write. Three years ago, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth, I was inspired by that occasion to create my first mixed-media collage, 'Mr Mozart'. Very experimental, lacking suitable materials, and it had to be completed in a hurry.
For our daughter had invited us to a Mozartian evening with her husband and their three children. We were to eat Austrian food which Kate, Dominic and little Lara (then aged 7, 4 and not quite 2) helped to prepare. CDs of Mozart's music would accompany the meal, and we would share readings from his letters. What could I bring? With only one day's notice, the paint and glue were hardly dry! The panel measures approximately 24"x12", has a base of heavy card and now hangs in the children's bedroom.
You could say it is a visual journal of sorts, for it includes cuttings and magazine scraps, a word-recognition game, the covers of two Mozart scores (one with my husband's musical notation exercise scribbled on the front!) and a sort-of-painting of mine, representative of the Austrian mountains outside Salzburg to which I was introduced by my daughter not that long ago.
Double-click on the picture to view it in more detail.