Making collages is my way of trying to make sense of the world. I rifle around charity shops, markets, jumble sales and antique shops and use the things I find – postcards to unwanted books and magazines, fabric patterns, old maps and other ephemera – and repurpose them to make new images and stories.
One of my favourite writers, Rebecca Solnit says in her book The Faraway Nearby
We never tell the story whole because a life isn’t a story; it’s a whole Milky Way of events and we are forever picking out constellations from it to fit who and where we are.
I often think of this when Im making collage. The process of cutting out, of arranging and rearranging different elements, serves as a means of being able to create, and recreate meaning – whatever is needed for this moment, this day. I love it for this.
Altered Artforum collages
An ongoing series of collage works begun in 2018 made with found copies of Artforum magazine chanced upon in a charity shop in Hebden Bridge.
These works were featured in the Relaunch Issue One of online art, sound & writing journal SoAnyway