Collage, identity, and the dangers of reading


I’ve been reading books. This is a dangerous thing. It will mean my words will become grandiloquent and full of superfluousities, if there can be such a word. Reading is also a necessity for me to give some sort of structure to my ideas. Unusually then I’m not going to structure the writing of this blog entry into the regular musings and ramblings of an insane artist who should be kept in the attic. Instead I’m leaving you three quotes that I’m not sure what to do with yet, but which I like nonetheless for their capacity to describe both collage in general and my own personal work.

Collage contains “more relevant analogies for human experience than the single coherent illusory image” – Sally O’Reilly

“No one, [Freud] announced, lives in a real world. We occupy a space of our own creation – a collage compounded of bits and pieces of actuality arranged into a design determined by our internal perceptions, our hopes, our fears, our memories, and our anticipations.” – W Galin

“…in layering and juxtaposing imagery, identity in collage comes to be seen as an accumulation of differential elements, rather than an inscription of similitude.” – Ian Monroe


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