Recently, while reading a friend's thesis blog - 1000 Hours of Drawing - I followed a link he had displayed and after countless clicks came to Alexis Anne Mackenzie. She is originally from Michigan and studied at Tufts Univeristy in Boston, MA. Her description of her work is incredible:
All of my collages are composed by hand - cut from books I've been collecting for years, and painstakingly pieced together as seamlessly as possible. They create themselves through a process beginning with a loose concept, followed by a series of trials and errors, subtle maneuvers, selection/elimination, harmonious unions, and happy accidents. It is a meditative process, and there is a lot of decision-making behind each element involved.
My general intent, throughout all my work, is to portray the world as a flawed thing of beauty - a place that shines brightly, but has a dark side to match.
Here are some of my favourite collages. In all of these examples, look carefully, because the title of the title of the piece is actually found within the image itself. I think they are incredible and beautiful, and not despite but even more so because they are poignant and somewhat dark.
It Matters To Me, 2009
Dreaming Is Easy, 2010
Never Be Sad, 2009
Light Moves on the Water, 2010
I definitely know what will be going on my wish list... now if I could only find one for sale...
Check out the rest of Alexis Anne's art on her site.