I produce hand-generated collage using printed photographs taken from image-rich books.
Although I do not work to a set brief, my current collage designs are an expression of savagery and innocence, brutality and passivity. I am also interested in portraying the mystical connection between humans and animals. I allow my choice of images and their relationship to one another to guide me. Colour plays an integral role in combining images with one another, I feel a strong emotional response to colour in their creation. Any type included is taken from the books where the images were found.
Hazel Pitt is a collage artist based in Staffordshire, England. Following a Masters Degree in Art, Cultural Media and Photography, she is engaged in the process of creating illustrations via the medium of hand-generated photomontage. She is particularly interested in using science, philosophy and spirituality as the basis for her design work. She has taught graphic design in both Further and Higher Education for 15 years and is now delivering workshops and courses in the art of photomontage.
Hazel’s industrial experience includes working in a freelance capacity as a graphic designer in the music industry. Her main commissions during the 1980s/90s being for Polydor Records and Universal Studios. This work involved record sleeve design and a wide range of promotional material such as adverts for the major music press, stage set design and fan club merchandise. The medium used in their creation was photomontage.
Hazel’s work has been shown at the Artists Micro Residency and Pop-up Exhibition at Edinburgh University in May 2014; at Summerhall, Edinburgh Science Festival, in association with the Art and Science Collaboration, ASCUS, in April-May 2014; the City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, at the International Science Exhibition, in association with the Art and Science Collaboration, ASCUS, in April 2014; in the “Uncertain States” exhibition at The Bank in London in November 2013; and in The Photographic Collective’s “Uncertain States” at the Espacio Gallery in London in October 2012.