I strongly feel that our memories are stored in the manner of a collage, rather than literal images. I started making collages from my own photography and had an emotional reaction to the results, feeling the collages better represented my sentiments than the untouched original images. I transitioned to using images from discarded books and magazines. I find I can easily use these vintage images to share my experiences and emotions.
I draw upon my memories of childhood and my experiences as a female and a mother as inspiration for my collages. I also touch on the vastness of space, the power of nature over man, the feeling of not quite fitting into the places we end up and finding ultimate comfort in solitude.
My name is Erin Houghtaling and I am from Saginaw, Michigan, USA. I have been working in the paper collage medium since 2017. I find vintage books at thrift shops and use the images in them to create surreal collages.
Although I have no formal training in the arts, I have just been selected to be a part of Edinburgh Collage Collective’s upcoming “Music Vinyl Project” Exhibition. My work also hangs at CAT Work Studio in Bay City, Michigan.