In this page from Lynda Barry’s What It Is we are invited to explore the concept “Can You Stand Being Lost?” She asks us to follow a wandering mind, and seems to be one of the few pages without any intended purpose. Interestingly enough, we ourselves become lost, looking for an answers when Barry just invites us to enjoy the ride.
She uses various cut, paste, & splicing techniques to present us these wandering images. First, we see a cut-out of a cat, which is layered on top of a drawing of octopus legs, and has an overlayed string of lace. Other images include another “flower” of lace with attach leaves of cut-out script. These layers placed on top of one another create the idea of depth despite lying in a 2-dimensional space, and mimic a child-like practice of cutting and pasting images for a collage. This playful practice helps us to “wander” as BArry intends us to.