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|The power of collage lies in its ability to "cut to the chase." By relying on ready-made images of objects instead of creating them from scratch, the collagist benefits from a complex web of associations already attached to each image by other people. When these "accepted" images are combined in unexpected ways, their respective attached associations combine as well -- colliding, amplifying, distorting each other--and the result can move the viewer's perceptions and emotions just as unexpectedly and profoundly, while giving birth to a new world in the process.||These collages depict unconscious and preconscious themes and sources of imagery: dreams, emotional associations, desires, ancestral memory, and the cultural collective unconscious. The images for the collages come primarily from out-of-print, public-domain, illustrated books and periodicals dating from the second half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. These images from our past strongly evoke ancestral memory in a way that more modern pictures could not: though they appear quaint to our eyes, we recognize and respond to them immediately and unconsciously, even if we have never before seen their subjects. Other types of images that find their way into the collages come from charts, maps, floor-plans, calendars, tickets, and other ephemera.|
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