Positive Messages (P.A.M.) by Michael WillisImages & text by Michael Willis
This series was made during in lockdown 6.0 in Melbourne, mid-2021. The collages are (mostly) made from photos taken on my (Michael’s) phone throughout the first 6 months of 2021. One of the artworks is made from a digitally manipulated pencil drawing I started (but never finished). The collage, with the mutant baby mushroom photo are some Grey Oysters I grew. The photo was taken around 10 days into their lifecycle. For the words, I used a cut-up technique popularised by William S. Burroughs in the 1950s and the Dadaist in the 1920s. It’s a fun cerebral method I find myself regularly returning back to form new ideas and narratives.