paper chase

September 22, 2021

One of the reasons why I’m drawn to collage is because I loved it so much as child. Paper scraps, plastic glue spreaders, glitter and paint; it was my favourite thing to do in art class. In my late teens, I studied the work of papier collé greats such as Picasso and Braque, and fell in love with Matisse’s exuberant cutouts. I have dozens of scrap books and photo albums filled with old photographs, letters, and other ephemera all collaged together with tape and Pritt Stick. “There seems to be a connection between childhood and collagist practice…collage is a realm of play,” writes artist, John Stezaker in an article on British collagist, Lauri Hopkins. As a child in Bognor Regis, Hopkins didn’t have toys or traditional art materials to play with, so collaging with discarded papers, pencils and home made glue was how she passed her time. Vintage book sleeves, candy wrappers and old cardboard are all used in the brightly coloured abstract collages she creates today. There is a beautiful childlikeness to her simple forms and expressive palette. Have a look at her work –– you may feel whisked back to your elementary art class, too.

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