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Victoria Topping is a British artist whose new media art includes Photo Collage. Her layered imagery is rich in colour and design. Using photographs, paint and materials like gold leaf, Victoria collages each piece before scanning it and working on the image digitally. Victoria’s bold designs are filled with joy and energy, inspired by music from 70s Jazz and Soul to Gospel and Blues. Brazilian artist Gustavo Amaral creates photographic collages that explore the human figure and psyche. His portrait collages interweave imagery of the body with architectural forms. His geometric art, contrasting textures and forms emphasise the interplay of internal and external states.
Many contemporary collage artists pay homage to the pioneers of the medium. Contemporary German artist Micosch Holland draws his inspiration from the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th Century to create abstract collages. His mixed media works are a hybrid of vintage materials, typography, portrait photography and cutting-edge digital art. Fragments collide to create statements of their own. Benjamin West like the Dada and Surrealist artists, incorporates found photographs and magazines in his collage art. Nature is his main inspiration, as he examines our ever-changing relationship with the natural world, and the consequences of human activity upon our surroundings. Given new digital technologies, he scans surfaces and assembles them with pressed flowers and photographs to stunning effect.
Photo Collage can include a combination of other non-photographic material, such as text or newspaper cuttings. Coined by the Cubist artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, the term collage comes from the French word coller, meaning “to glue.” However, it was the Dada movement that first developed Photo Collage as a form of modern art.
During the First World War, a group of artists in Zurich began to create Dada collages in protest against the horrors of war. Using scissors, glue and photographs – instead of traditional paints and canvas – they called themselves monteurs, meaning “mechanics”. They would overlay and intersect photographs, photographic reproductions, and found imagery from the mass media to create a sharp critique of world events.
Hannah Höch, a prominent female artist within the Dada art movement, used Photo Collage to address gender roles. Her seminal artwork from this period, Cut with the Kitchen Knife (1919-20) shows her using Photo Collage art to question the role of women in society. She often reconstructed the stereotypical and seductive mass media images of women. While their appeal remains intact, their contours are fractured to expose the contradictions of women’s place in society. John Heartfield was one of the pioneering Dada artists, who also used Photo Collage as a political weapon. Some of his most famous photomontages were created as anti-Nazi and anti-fascist statements. Other artists who created Dada collages during this period include Käthe Kollwitzo, Kurt Schwitters, Raoul Hausmann and Johannes Baader.
The Dada artists’ Photo Collage art contributed to the creation of a new visual language, which went on to inspire another important movement of the 20th century: Surrealism. Photo Collage art was quickly adopted by the Surrealists, including Salvador Dalí, Eileen Agar and Man Ray. They were attracted to the idea of exploring dreams, the subconscious and what lay beneath the surface of reality. They used Photo Collage to create unusual layering and the juxtaposition of incongruous imagery. Provocative configurations would include, for example, sea life creatures floating on a chess board. Surrealist Photo Collage artworks are filled with humour and wit, emphasising a world of surreality.
Photo Collage art had its next great revival during the late 1960s. Artist Peter Kennard led the way in using Photo Collage as a form of radical protest against the nuclear arms race and the Cold War. “For me, getting the work out into the world and used is as important as its production”, he has explained. Peter is best known for his collaboration with Cat Phillipps. Together they used digital technology to create one of the archetypal images of the Iraq War. Photo Op (2005) pictures a grinning Tony Blair proudly posing for a selfie in front of burning oil wells in Iraq.
Today, Photo Collage continues to be adopted and reinvented within contemporary art. The evolution of digital technologies and software, such as Adobe Photoshop, has encouraged crossover between Photo Collage, digital art and new media art.