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.
Yesterday, Kelly of Little Paper Planes suggested that I look at their current featured artist, Shelby DiMarco. Kelly told me that she was only 19, and making great work already. I’d have to agree with her!
A collage artist, Shelby depicts dreamy landscapes, hazy in their coloring and floating in space. Little Paper Planes features an interview with the artist and definitely worth the read.
All images are via her blog. Her blog is a good to look at. She clearly has an aesthetic she is attracted to (one that I also love).