For many years I have collected and held on to a great amount of ephemera to use one day in various collages. This has included maps, postage stamps and hundreds of postcards. More recently I have been using up a lot of what I have saved for decades. Much of the material has ended up in artist books. My latest artist book, Collage Dreams, incudes 20 handmade, or as one now says, analog collages. Each collage is 10.5” wide x 11” high and made entirely from the contents of postcard booklets dating from 1910 to 1950.
When I started these collages with the goal of creating an artist book, I did it without an intentional agenda. This project was simply taking images out of their original context and arranging them to make pleasant and even amusing landscapes and cityscapes. Yet, as this series of collages neared completion, I began to suspect that I might be recreating some of the surreal, fragmented places that I keep seeing when I dream. I need to ask myself whether some of my dreams are about collaged places I will create instead of actual places I will one day visit.