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Arlene Littler
Gibsons, British Columbia
Digital collage
Website: www.arlenelittler.com
Instagram: @arlene_littler
 
Artist statement:
After a lengthy career as a freelance photographer/graphic designer my interest in photo manipulation became my passion. I would experiment with different films stocks, such as infra-red and Polaroid films. Then taking the polaroids to create an Emulsion Transfers image.

Looking for the new ‘altering’ image techniques, I moved into digital collage. This method gave me a wealth of manipulation tools to create those one of a kind images I so truly desired. This work has evolved into an array of products namely, greeting cards, colorful one of a kind memory collage books, and mixed media collages on canvas.

My work has been seen over the years in various exhibitions in Vancouver, Seattle and the Sunshine Coast.
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Ginger Sedlarova
Burnaby, British Columbia
Digital collage, mixed media collage

Website: www.gingersedlarova.com
Instagram: @gingersedlarova
 
Artist statement:
 I consider myself both a collage artist and a storyteller. Sometimes my work is a short story, sometimes it’s a novel. But it’s always surreal, full of colors and shapes and observations about the absurdity of daily life.
 
My practice grew from my love of making photo collages in my former career as a graphic artist, designer and photo editor on daily newspapers in Vancouver and on magazines in Central Europe – only now I do this by hand, using my own photos combined with historical images and paper in a dreamlike form of narrative. The ability to layer images with colors and textures, historical maps, newsprint and found items inspires me to create multi-layered landscapes of both fiction and history. I love to work with the bizarre, the comical, the outlandish – while working, I always keep the words of an artist who inspires me, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, in the back of my mind: “You can do anything. Nothing is forbidden.”
 
My work has appeared in galleries and online shows in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
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Surya Govender
Vancouver, British Columbia
Analog collage, mixed media collage

Website: https://www.textandtextile.com/
Instagram: @textandtextile
 
Artist statement:

Surya Govender is a writer, textile and paper artists living on the unceded territory of the the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, in East Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is the parent of two wonderful children and co-founder of The Learnary, a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to creating opportunities for learning and curiosity for all ages.


Surya works with words, thread, paint and collage techniques to tell stories that she hopes will amuse, surprise, and challenge. She loves to explore the aspects of our lives that go unnoticed, the mundane experiences that quietly shape us and the world in which we live. Her creative process is a curation, of sorts - she follows the images and ideas that are in front of her and is always surprised by what happens. Accidental juxtapositions are often more effective than deliberate ones. She does her best to follow the accidents.

 

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Elizabeth Wood
British Columbia
Digital collage

Website: http://www.woodeart.com
Instagram: @woodeart
 
Artist statement:

My art explores the underlying, personal narratives that share a universality of themes:  vulnerability, loss, resilience, and hope.  
I seek to integrate the deeply personal with the larger inevitabilities of life and I am drawn to reshaping historical materials, already rich with meaning, in order to generate multiple layers of interpretation in fresh conceptual and emotional contexts
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Gregory Zbitnew
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Analog collage

Website: 
Instagram: @addictedtocollage
 
Artist statement:

I only create analog collage using paper, scissors and glue. 
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Alison Keenan
Vancouver, British Columbia
Analog collage

Website: www.alisonkeenanpaintings.com
Instagram: @alisonkeenanart
 
Artist statement:

As a professional artist with decades of practice in multi-disciplinary art, Alison Keenan not only has created painting and murals internationally to manifest her unique views of nature and the mesmerizing avian life of British Columbia; now she also has ventured into creating surrealist paintings and analog collages inspired by human life, culture, the pandemic and social changes. This new body of work represents her dedicated passion, endeavours, creativity, and skills in building an imaginary world that is filled with surprising details and metaphors underlined by the relationship between nature and human, the reduced social interactions during the pandemic and the evolving material culture. Keenan’s collages represent an exploration into a changed world where recombined images, social networking, cities, birds and animals, and fragments of visual culture collide. Recycled vintage magazines, maps, photos, patterns, and more gifted ephemera create one-of-a-kind collages.

 

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Tiko Kerr
Vancouver, British Columbia
Analog collage, mixed media collage

Website: www.tikokerr.com
Instagram: @tikokerr
 
Artist statement:
My practice has always been about perception. From an early age, I could draw accurately but I needed to challenge myself beyond that. For a number of years I used my astigmatic vision to bring a unique and personal approach to my then, figurative painting. However, I couldn't resist my transition into abstraction since I believe it offers opportunities for a more subjective, soulful, sensuous approach to the work which affords me with a more raw, human voice. 
 
I believe collage provides the most accurate description of our complicated and fragmented contemporary moment, at a time when all the arts seem to be referencing fragments from what has gone on before. Everything in my art practice, paintings, wall sculptures and installations, begin with collage. The irreversible nature of scissors creating a line is very much like sculpting a 3D form from marble. For me, the cut line has more emotive potential than the drawn line. I'm fascinated by exploring the picture plane which has manifest itself into a series of relief wall sculptures. 
 
I consider myself to be a record-keeper, and that the work I create hopefully expresses our contextual moment. At the outset of the pandemic, I began applying collage to layers of pexi-glass, since that material had become ubiquitous as a pandemic barrier. This methodology allowed shapes as well as marks in acrylic paint to be frozen in time and space with a picture plane. Some forms come forward, some recede, creating a sense of breathing. These relief wall sculptures offer a commentary on transparency and also provides considerations regarding how the truth about what we see is affected by the impediments that are suspended in the middle ground and that our point of view depends on where we stand. 

 

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