I construct intricate paper collages that meld images from various sources including magazines, used books, catalogs, clip art volumes, and historical illustrations. I approach the compositions much like a painter, choosing a specific palette. A great deal of the content of each collage is completely hidden, or only slightly revealed. I am compelled to place layer upon layer until I feel satisfied. My baroque constructions are a culmination of aesthetic gratification and impulse. My most recent series uses icons from pop culture and history as focal points. I think of these works as gardens that have grown and developed over time to envelop the treasures beneath.
Colleen Cunningham was born in Warsaw, New York in 1977. Her current works are detailed paper collages. Colleen earned a BFA from Pratt Institute in 2003 and a MFA from the University at Buffalo in 2008. Colleen has participated in dozens of exhibitions across the United States and Europe; including the Islip Art Museum (New York), Galleria dell’Ombra (Italy), Field Projects (New York), Thompson Gallery (Massachusetts), CEPA Gallery (New York) and most recently at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (New York), Andrew Edlin Gallery (New York), and Alvin Gittins Gallery (Utah). She currently lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn with her husband Luigi and their cat, Frida.