Jennifer Black's Profile

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I love layering, subtracting, matching ... finding bits of magic in the peeling back of meaning, the juxtaposition of images, the translation of words into image ... or image into text.

A few years ago, a magazine contacted me to create an illustration for an article. After we'd settled the details, I was connected to the graphic design editor. "What program do you use?" she asked.

"Um .... paper, scissors, and glue ..." I answered with a laugh.

Of course, I knew what she meant, and we settled our technological needs soon enough, but that moment crystalized for me what I love about creating collage art from authentic vintage materials: It's tactile and messy and fraught with potential disaster. Will the paper hold up? Will it dissolve in the glue? Will it tear when I draw or…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 9
  • Joined June 25, 2006

Favorite materials

old letters and journals, vintage photos, midcentury magazines, old literature texts, Pitt XS black pens, Perfect Paper adhesive, Cutter Bee scissors, thread and needles

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Literary Collage * Art Cards * Mixed Media

About

I love layering, subtracting, matching ... finding bits of magic in the peeling back of meaning, the juxtaposition of images, the translation of words into image ... or image into text.

A few years ago, a magazine contacted me to create an illustration for an article. After we'd settled the details, I was connected to the graphic design editor. "What program do you use?" she asked.

"Um .... paper, scissors, and glue ..." I answered with a laugh.

Of course, I knew what she meant, and we settled our technological needs soon enough, but that moment crystalized for me what I love about creating collage art from authentic vintage materials: It's tactile and messy and fraught with potential disaster. Will the paper hold up? Will it dissolve in the glue? Will it tear when I draw or paint on it? I never know exactly what the process will bring.

But never fear--no viable books are harmed in my processes. I stick with old, well-loved, discarded and crumbling materials and give them a new home, new life, new friends.

A rebirth of a sorts, I think. A labor of hope.

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