There is just something about collage; I'm not sure if I can really find the words to explain why, but it continues to fascinate and mesmerize me like nothing else. Is it because of the juxtaposition of disparate elements? How do things that came from such different sources manage to look so right when glued next to one another? It seems very mysterious, almost magical at times, like some weird form of alchemy. In short, it defies logic.
I believe that magic is art and that art, whether it be writing, music, sculpture, or any other form is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words, or images, to achieve changes in consciousness. ~ Alan Moore
Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
Collage is an artform that has really come into its own in recent years, with the growing popularity and ever-widening diversity of mixed media art. I think it's important to note that collage has gained much credibilty and respect considering that it is an artform that began only 100 years ago.
Still Life with Chair Caining - Pablo Picasso
Merzbild-Rossfett - Kurt Schwitters
The great post-impressionist /fauve painter Henri Matisse did an entire series of collages when he was confined to bed later in life due to poor health. These pieces were combined into a gorgeous book called Jazz.
collage on linen by Rex Ray
One of my favorite collage artists is Fred Otnes. The link here leads you to a beautiful book about Otnes written by Jill Brossert, which I happen to own and highly reccommend.
White Flag by Lance Letscher
Helicopter Ride by Lance Letscher
I love how Cecil Touchon uses the positive and negative shapes of letters to form these gorgeous abstract compositions.
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. ~ Anais Nin
Hollie Chastain's work is so emotional and nostalic in mood. And, what is even more fascinating to me personally, she often uses old book covers as substrates.
Science Fair by Hollie Chastain
Michael Waraksa's detailed collages often incorporate maps - a material near and dear to my own heart.
Kayli's Wave by Matt Cusick
Collage artist Matt Cusick constructs his very complex and detailed collages completely from pieces of maps.
Missing Pieces 2012-3 by Lisa Hochstein
Parts of Speech 8 by Lisa Hochstein
Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos. ~ Stephen Sondhiem
This video about 96 year-old collage artist Eunice Parsons is well worth watching; unfortunately, I could not get it to embed, but if you click on the link, you won't be sorry. I so want to be 96 years old someday, sitting on the floor of my studio, ripping up and gluing paper! What could be better than that?