Gender Mash-Up Collage Portraits

I've been casually making these collages for a few years already - I call them 'Gender Mash-Up Collage'. They came about when I was trashing old magazines and skimmed through them for interesting images before throwing them out. I started making them without too much thought - it was interesting to combine two different images, to create a brand new image.

I have always been a fan of the British Artist, John Stezaker, and collages that he makes using photographs from old movies and nature postcards. I first saw his work at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami and was floored by the simplicity of the combinations of images. His work is heavily influenced by the Surrealists and he is nicely carrying on that tradition.

This work is primarily the combination of genders and sometimes, animals. It's very serendipitous and the aim is to try and combine two images to create an interesting third visual. I think that as different as we are as people, we really are the same; and from these combinations, I create a new forms and possibilities.

© VVD BLK, 2015

© VVD BLK, 2015