[Inspired] For the Love of Collage

Ellen-Gallagher-DeLuxe-Collage-Plasticine

I managed to check out the Ellen Gallagher AxME exhibition at London's Tate Modern gallery before it ended at the start of this month. I left making plans about how I was going to find some time, somewhere, to indulge in one of my favourite creative pastimes – collage. 

Why do I love collage so? It can be so many things at the same time: ornate and gritty, playful and provocative. For me, the process is quite cathartic – it forces me to relinquish control because, the end result is rarely close to what I expected or planned. Plus, I do like to get my hands dirty!

Here are some pieces from some artists whose work I'm enjoying …

 

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Ellen-Gallagher-Plasticine-Collage

All images above are by Ellen Gallagher (US)

 

Wangechi-Mutu-Feminist-Art-Brooklyn-Museum

Piece above by Wangechi Mutu (Kenya, US)

 

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Collages by Lubaina Himid (Tanzania, UK)

 

Mickalene-Thomas-Collage-Art

Piece above by Mickalene Thomas (US)

 

Lulu-Kitololo-Collage-Art

A couple of pieces I made about 10 years ago. See more on my new Black White Simple portrait portfolio.

 

Any fellow collage lovers out there?

 

Images: Ellen Gallagher, DeLuxe series via hauserwirth.com (photo by D. James Dee) and oomk.net; Wangechi Mutu, Preying Mantra via brooklynmuseum.org; Labaina Himid via okmalume.tumblr.com (left) and cottonglobalthreads.com; Mickalene Thomas via artpulsemagazine.com.

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