3 Collage Artists You Should Know About
In a world of regramming and retweeting, it comes as no surprise that collage is such a popular art form. But things have come a long way since Peter Blake designed the iconic album art for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. We present you with three artists who’ve made waves in the world of collage. They also all happen to be women.
1. Wangechi Mutu
With a new show opening at London’s Victoria Miro Gallery this month, Wangechi Mutu is the talk of the art world. Growing up in Nairobi, living in Wales and studying in the US gave the artist a wealth of diverse material to use in her work. Using ethnographic photography, 19th century medical illustrations and magazine pornography she pieces together imagery with painted surfaces and found materials to create zany, often grotesque mirages. “Females carry the marks, languages and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body,” explains the artist.
Wangechi Mutu’s Nguva na Nyoka can be viewed at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London October 14th-December 19th 2014
2. Beth Hoeckel
Displacing natural landscapes with forties and fifties magazine cutouts, Beth Hoeckel’s images are fantastical and eye catching. She has been lighting up the pages of Tavi Gevinson’s genius teenage magazine Rookie since 2012 and is now adorning the accessories of many an avid fan after the opening of her online store.
Follow @bethhoeckel on Instagram to get a taster of her work.
3. Louise Erhard
Following a collaboration with American Apparel, Louise Erhard is enjoying the fruits of hard labour. Her handcrafted, found image collages caught the eye of the global chain and she was commissioned in 2012 to create a collage series for one of their ad campaigns. Her diverse aesthetic and cheeky approach to her work fits perfectly with the brand’s image, Erhard’s junk food drawings even feature as one of the store’s bikini prints. Her sculpture work and paintings are a visual treat too.
To take a peek at her body of work head to: louiseerhard.carbonmade.com