i create handmade, cut-and-paste collages, which are often inspired by language and story.
the work is sourced from images found in vintage books and magazines—publications rescued from thrift stores and attics and antique shops.
i’ve discovered that juxtaposing visual elements is like creating a new language, and through layering these images one can create small narratives.
but, for me, there’s a larger connection to the source materials, as well.
my background is in english literature and creative writing, and my day job is as an editor.
some of these source materials are nearly a century old, and i think, sometimes, what i’m really trying to do is rescue these forgotten publications and give them a second life.
through a process of deconstruction, image apposition, and addition-by-subtraction, each piece is an attempt to recreate meaning, tell a story, and resurrect a piece of our printed past.
– stephen knezovich