Emily Haasch is a collage artist and designer living in Chicago. Her general collage aesthetic is minimal and controlled, with bursts of gesture and sometimes mayhem. A photograph or carefully cut paper is often joined with paper that’s been torn or crumpled, sometimes using ink. Emily writes about her process, saying, “In my practice, I like to work with the lushness of physical material, space, and color in order to illustrate particular moments of emotion. In many pieces, the variations of proximity, exclusivity, and escapism are the major focus.”
I introduced Emily as a collage artist and designer. In addition to her artwork, she is completing a degree in visual communications at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This has helped yield the publication Offline, which focuses on self-initiated projects by designers, artists, and makers within Chicago.
Much of Naomi Kolsteren’s work focuses on small moments, be it abstracted or not. Texture is an obviously important part of her portfolio and takes various forms. Naomi looks to be using it via photography, collage, ink, and more.
And, from texture to lack of texture, Naomi also puts together plastic still lifes that I enjoy:
Based in Leeds, Leah Durant states that her primary passion is photography, which is melded with printmaking, collage, and drawing.
In collaged pieces, Leah’s photography is often non-specific and enlarged to highlight texture. Aesthetically, I love the diffused nature of her mark-making and photos, which speaks to the larger scope of her work. She writes:
The intention of my work is to visually record the subtleties in everyday life that we do not always notice or appreciate. For example, the idea of pausing and enjoying a moment that is right there in front of our eyes, such as a shadow on a wall, a piece of paper in the wind, or a reflection in a window. Through capturing details of things that may seem insignificant in our daily lives, the fragmented beauty of the subject is brought to the forefront and chaos is pushed back. Ultimately, the raw purity and fragility of the image is unravelled.
All images via her website/Tumblr.
Leah Tacha, an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York emailed me recently with her work. Specifically, she turned me on to her collages, which often juxtapose basketball players with glitter, and isolates over-the-top gesture of fashion photography. Leah’s artist statement gives us some insight into this:
I was raised by a mother who was obsessed with color, glitter, and the shine of success, and a father who was inherently practical, hardworking, had a pointed sense of humor, and never missed a Kansas basketball game. The soundtrack to my morning breakfast was the ESPN theme song coinciding with my mother’s blaring Broadway Musicals. I have always had an interest in these two polar opposites of fame, not necessarily for who these people represent in our society, but for the images that they create, their confidence in their steps, and people’s belief in their powers. I am drawn to create sculptures and drawings that over exaggerate all of these conditions: ridiculousness, alienation, athleticism, adoration, plasticity, and mysticism.
All images via her website.
Visceral is one word I would use to describe the work of Andrea Burgay. She works in both 2D and 3D, creating works that ooze the remnants of what’s been left behind.
I especially love looking at Andrea’s 3D works — the mixture of texture, size, and proportion is interesting and at the same time has a very organic feel to it. I think of her collages the same way as well. Andrea employs natural textures (albeit photographs), so I feel a lot of times as though I am looking at the growth of a whole new being.
All images via Flickr.
Happy Monday! I hope you are all feeling better than I am! I was sick all weekend and am still feeling a bit under the weather. Onward though, to one of today’s featured artists!
It is no secret my affinity for both collage and fabric. That’s why I am really enjoying the work of Alika Cooper, who creates collages using fabric, mimicking the human form. I enjoy seeing her paint with the fabric, abstracting shapes into narratives with only a few colors or textures.
All images via her website.