Collage Art & The Age of Information

Collage Art came to mind after talking about all the different channels of inspiration and information we receive on a daily basis. For me, it is pretty endless and can be overwhelming at times. Having a place to organize this inspiration really helps, and at one time I was using a lot of ink in my printer to print out inspiration photos for my sketchbook. Now, I mainly organize this inspiration within different applications, blogs, and just generally on my phone or on the internet. After researching these collage artists, I’m inspired to get back into the process of creating them within my sketchbook.

I think that it is interesting to think of our lives as one giant collage. Taking all these outlets, experiences and modes of receiving information, and organizing it in a way that makes sense to us.

As a species, we once lived during a time where the information we received was a lot less frequent and abundant. I don’t really know what it’s like to live without the internet since I was born in the ’90s, but I assume things were a lot less overwhelming and stressful. With smartphones, we have the ability to access almost anything we want, at any moment. This can be positive, but if taken too far it can result in a lack of boundaries, people working an unhealthy amount of hours, and an overall disconnection from our humanity.

I am by no means saying that smartphones or the internet are bad. I utilize both constantly and am happy about the ways in which it has made a lot of resources more accessible, and generally, I love that I have a source for endless inspiration. As I hear about books like How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell, and Silence: in The Age of Noise by Erling Kagge I can’t help but think about how Collage Art can combat an overwhelming reception of information, and give people an opportunity to make connections within the artwork. I hope that by sharing the work of these Collage Artists, others are inspired to find and develop their own collaging process.

Collage Art Pioneers:

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Hannah Höch

Kurt Schwitters

Contemporary Collage Artists: