THE ART PROCESS: Collage
Collage is a technique used by visual artists where an artwork is made by assembling different forms, usually paper cut-outs of text, photographs, and other clippings. The term “collage” comes from the French word “coller” which means “glue”. Collage art became a distinctive part of modern art in the early 20th century.
That being said, what are people doing with it today? Are computers revolutionizing the process of cutting and pasting? In short, yes.. completely. Take the work of Dr Sepian for instance (he’s not really a doctor). His work is greatly influenced by the science/philosophy of pataphysics, which is, according to French writer Alfred Jarry, “the science of imaginary solutions”. On this, Dr Sepian’s has said “some people consider themselves surrealists, others art’s activists, I consider myself a pataphysicist!” Okay, alright, I can dig that!
His collage work isn’t something I’d call necessary powerful or ground breaking, it’s even a little silly at times, but as a fan of the surreal, I have to say it hits the mark. In some ways the impact is in the details, and I have a feeling if this “doctor” were to explain each collage he produces with words, we’d be left a little smarter having heard it.
- Jess Petrella