Turn the Page

A time to every purpose, under heaven.

2021

No. 302 Phase Next
30 x 18.5 cm

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No. 303 Shock the Monkey
18 x 13 cm

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No. 304 Hang ‘Em High
18 x 13 cm

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No. 305 Turn! Turn! Turn!
18 x 13 cm

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No. 306 Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
18 x 13 cm

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Collage No. 302 made of 20th century commercially printed book and calendar paper on masonite. Collage Nos. 303-306 of this album made of 20th century commercially printed book and calendar paper, and rubbings from driftless region grave stones, with acid free adhesive on acid free rag cotton mat board.


(No More) Monkey Business

It is a warm and sunny week on the lake in northern Wisconsin; the winds are still and the haze from western wild fires screens the blue sky. Each morning—with a cup of black coffee and a suitcase of old books, pages, and a few National Geographic®s curated for highly stylish collage play—shapes and images are carefully cut and torn, arranged and rearranged quietly at the table.

Collage No 302, titled Phase Next, features a library stamp reading “Discarded” on the flyleaf of a previously disected book. The discarded and decommissioned are dear to collagists—our drive is to give new purpose to paper past its primary objective. This new purpose—decorative entertainment for the eyes and mind—is evidence of the creative spirit, as it breathes new life into our disregarded past.

The geometric hard lines of the four collages following Phase Next contrast with the its torn edges and organic shapes, but the color palette is maintained. The common ingredients of collages 303 through 306—primates from a book page, historic architecture from 100 year-old encyclopedias, and carbon rubbings collected from graves stones—capture the notion that we evolve as we build upon the past.

It is the year 2021, eighteen months into a corona virus pandemic that has abruptly changed the way we think; the way we live. We have been startled and we have withdrawn. We are reflecting. We are evolving. We are entering into new ways of living. We are marking the end of one era, and the beginning of another.