A large portion of the artists that I follow on Instagram make gorgeous surrealist collage. People like Karen Lynch (leafandpetalvintage)
and Penny (penneliz)
and Terry Ringler (trashriot)
Normally I do abstract collage, with lots of geometric patterns. But I figured making something more surreal would be a lot of fun. I came up with a couple things: The Saint Surveys His Solitude and Sunbathers. The shapes making the clouds in The Saint are from a pre-fall-of-the-USSR picture from east Germany – huge blocks of gleaming white apartment buildings that I saw in there poorly-maintained state three decades later when I was in Germany in 2008. Seeing them as brand new and modern is a trip.
Do you think he’s lonely? Up there on the mountain?
They look so comfortable. But also cold.
Analog collage, and especially surrealist collage, is really satisfying – you should try it yourself! I’ll definitely be doing more of these.
Here’s The Saint on Fine Art America.