It’s important to me that materials are, as near as possible, found images, uninfluenced by my own tastes and aesthetic prejudices. That’s why I hunt books and magazines in places that generate randomness–bric-a-brac shops, charity book corners (constantly replenished with unimaginably eccentric juxtapositions: books on Japanese flower arrangement, English gardens, Marilyn Monroe, corn snakes, climbing in Kent, a soiled Grey’s Anatomy, postcards from Guernsey), off shelves of the unwanted, old-hat picture books put out to pasture in the dust. Ordinarily I’m a skeptic, but when collaging I’ve an unflappable faith in a strange combination of synchronicity and reincarnation. There are few things more satisfying to me than resurrecting images, concocting live pictures out of what’s been left for dead.
Chris Vaughan a writer and artist from Whitstable, England, currently living a short jog from “The End of Europe” in the South District of Gibraltar. His collages have been featured in Big Other, Ambit Pop (2021 Comp runner-up), Cleaver Magazine, The Watershed Review, Off The Coast and Flash Frontiers and is forthcoming in Barnstorm. His writing has previously appeared in Ambit, Galaxy Brain, The Lifted Brow, Philosophy Now, Epiphany Magazine, Flash Frontiers, The Rumpus, Bright Lights Film Journal, Bookslut and The Warwick Review.
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