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My collages are simple works of art made from pictures, paintings, newspaper clippings, photos, stamps, coins, flags, beads, wool and other bits and pieces that enhance the visual impact of my creations. They are mainly paper collages, but sometimes they include other materials such as fabric, hair or a 45 rpm record. An ongoing series consists of 38 collages on a series of bistro place mats with birds on them.

It might be more accurate to call my collages 'decoupages', 'photo montages' or 'assemblages', but I'm not really that fussed about what label anyone puts on them. To me they are collages, because they are made with what the French call 'colle', ie glue.

I am a traditional collagist: I use glue, paper, pen, scissors, ink, a cutting knife and the same sort of tools and techniques that were used when collage became part of the modern art movement in the first part of the 20th century. (I am not now, never have been, and never will be, a digital collagist: I don't use computers to create, transform, enhance or whatever my collages.)

Each of my collages is usually based on a single theme - such as the Russian Revolution, Social Democratic election posters in Sweden, the Tour de France, Tulips, or my father's military service in WW 11 - which I explore by bringing together a number of different images and presenting them in a unique way. Each tells a story. And perhaps each conveys a message.

I have made various sts of collages. One is a series of 'Sports Collages' (see seperate section) that are based on photos taken from l'Equipe publications and other sources. A second set of collages are composed from old issues of Paris Match that I have been buying in vide greniers (flea markets) over the years.. Most of these collages come from Paris Matches of the 1950's and 1960's, and many are based on advertisements for consumer appliances such as televisions, refridgerators and washing machines which were heavily promoted in this era. As was underwear -- perhaps the French only discovered it in these years? -- and these ads have also been used in this series of collages. A third set – entitled 'Great Big Collages – are, you guessed, great big collages that are stuck on large display boards that I have begged, borrowed and scrounged from local chemists.

The collage here is of me between the ages of 1 and 24. It's the story of me. You can decide for yourself what message, if any, it convey.


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