With just a pair of scissors, I create intricate, hand cut collages which reflect my Victorian obsession with faeries, flora and fauna. From my large collection of books, prints and pages that are antique, forgotten and foxed with age, I cut out images, categorize them and then eventually piece them together as a part of the jigsaw that my collages start out as. The many layers in my collages convey a sense of complexity and depth. The female face is central to much of my artwork and often acts as a reflection of the natural and sometimes magical world. She can be surrounded by birds, fish and butterflies or submerged in a dense wallpaper pattern which either represents her prison or her liberation.
I have recently found that my collages are becoming more orderly and methodical - neatly arranged, strange objects filling the page like a paper microscope slide or a tiny cabinet of curiosity. My need to obsessively cut can sometimes outweigh the composition of the piece, so I am often left with piles of abandoned cuttings - lost bones, moths, fungi, feathers, coral, shells and butterfly wings. Eventually these too will find a place to reside......
Katie McCann is an English collage artist. She currently lives and works in Berkeley, California. Her collages can be seen at Vita Collage in Point Reyes and Arte Artesania in Spain.
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