If you are into arts or crafts you may be familiar with collages. Layering various materials to achieve what ever idea you have in mind.
Many think of art as creative expression. A way that some can “work through” various issues they have emotionally. I’m sure some do. I never thought of art as a way to express myself. If I did I’m sure I would create much more and very different art than I usually do.
I just love collages. I enjoy seeing others ideas and hoping something touches me. Personally I create any art with beauty in mind be it visual, music, dance, etc. Some modern art is downright ugly and offensive. I don’t care if it is someone’s expression, if it’s ugly I don’t want to see it.
Some things can be a mess to some and I might like it. Then there could be another mess that actually looks like a mess to me but someone else gets it.
I have always been enamored with the Old Masters. They were perfection. They had talent and went for realism. Then came the sloppier impressionists. They helped bring about what I call “crap on canvas.”
Speaking of which, I do love my collages. The ones from altered books, pages, pictures, paints, papers, lace & anything else you can glue on.
This was one I layered from various photos to look hand made. Usually when I create layered photos I have a different technique, similar to the one below which might be various flowers with complementary colors layered on an enhancing background.