Working with paper, textures, images, cutting, ripping, and pasting
Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), cultural critic and philosopher and his essay “The work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, he claimed each idea is always original and likening to my own experience when creating he claims, ‘the experience of ‘truth’ in contrast to the accumulation of knowledge, is almost a mystical experience.” Benjamin alongside the Dadaists and Surrealist are my greatest influences. Their movements were in direct reaction to the new industrial age that formed during World War One. We are in a new digital age of reproduction and the great divide between analogue and digital work is a debate us collagist should continue to have.
My works are in direct reaction to my environment and personal traumas. I am inspired by Surrealist and Dadaist such as Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, and Hannah Hoch; it is their work with the subconscious; raising awareness in dream like scenes; symbolic images; bizarre assemblages of ordinary objects; distortion of image and work in primitivism; offers me solace, revelation, and innovation.
Collage gives me creative freedom to reflect on matters that are my most concerning such as all aspects of social injustice, climate change and saving the earth.
As a practicing collage artist, l explore themes of social injustice, climate change, women’s issues and personal trauma. l source from my own collection- magazines, vintage books and sometimes other materials including fabric and thread. I am based in Melbourne, Australia and have been in several group shows including International Collage shows most recently the Kyiv CUTOUT Collage International show.