I create collages that point to the absurdities and injustices of our world, as well as collages that are purely about beauty and aesthetics. To create my collages I hand cut and combine vintage and new papers. I utilize vintage ephemera including magazines, catalogs, books, wrapping paper, greeting cards, postcards, playing cards, and sewing patterns. I begin new collage work by looking through my supply of images, words, and phrases that I have cut out. I pull the images and words that catch my eye. Then I hone the piles of images and words down. Once ideas for specific collages get sparked, I select the images and phrases that I want to use and work them around on a sheet of paper until I find the perfect composition. Next, I glue the images down to create the final collage. Recent themes for my collage work have included the wildfires, the postal service, feminism, politics, and the coronavirus.
I have been collaging since a young age, but it was as a preteen that collage really took a hold of my soul. I would eagerly anticipate cutting up the latest fashion magazines for collage material. In my late teens, I began incorporating vintage images and ephemera. I have always found the act of cutting out images from magazines and ephemera to be meditative. Pulling from my massive collection of new and vintage ephemera, I create collages that point to the absurdities and injustices of our world, as well as collages that are purely about beauty and aesthetics.
Like much of the world, because of the threat of the coronavirus my family and I have been spending most of our time at home since March of 2020. Luckily, this time at home has afforded me the opportunity to sort through and organize my diverse array of art supplies. During the organization process I have unearthed many interesting and unusual materials that I am looking forward to incorporating into my art. Throughout my life my mind has offered me an endless supply of creative ideas, more than I could ever accomplish. I am looking forward to the time I have now to explore with new and intriguing materials. Lulu Ludlum is a collage artist living in Portland, Oregon.
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