Twelve Collages by Bill Wolak • Empty Mirror

The joy of collage is finding the endless connections between seemingly unrelated things. In some collages, the juxtaposition of ordinary with the delirious diversity of dream imagery forces the mind to make contact with the marvelous. Each collage is an invitation to view the world differently. What is most unexpected suddenly becomes as familiar as an old friend’s favorite song.

I make collages out of all kinds of materials. Most are made out of paper engravings. Many collages are digitally generated or enhanced. To begin a piece, I select some sources—either color or black and white. If I’m using magazines or prints or old Business Relationships, I cut out some images or parts of images that interest me. Then I start working on a background or some other sort of chance construction. Much is left to fleeting insights. These are tiny miracles of inspiration. Depending on whether I’m using scissors and glue or digital images, each collage could take several hours.

1 The Return of the Beekeeper's Daughter1 The Return of the Beekeeper’s Daughter

2 Relentless As the Search for Burning 2 Relentless As the Search for Burning

3 Brief As a Frightened Whisper 3 Brief As a Frightened Whisper

4 Pale As the Wind's Lipstick 4 Pale As the Wind’s Lipstick

5 The Unquenchable Thirst of a Slippery Mask 5 The Unquenchable Thirst of a Slippery Mask

6 Moist Revelations6 Moist Revelations

7 Green Greeting7 Green Greeting

8 Startled by the Shadow's Steady Intensity 8 Startled by the Shadow’s Steady Intensity

9 Bewildered by Neon Lips9 Bewildered by Neon Lips

10 Just When The Bassoons and Oboes Repeat the Melody 10 Just When The Bassoons and Oboes Repeat the Melody

11 The Utter Anguish of Apprehension 11 The Utter Anguish of Apprehension

12 Fleeting As the Thrill of Goosebumps 12 Fleeting As the Thrill of Goosebumps

About Bill Wolak

Bill Wolak has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Editions. His collages have appeared recently in The 2019 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Poetic Illusion, The Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ, the 2019 Dirty Show in Detroit, Naked in New Hope 2018, 2018 The Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, and The 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival.

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