Cut Me Up

Cover by Paola D’croz. Courtesy of the artist.

Cut Me Up

Edited by Andrea Burgay

Cut Me Up is a participatory magazine of visual call and response founded by Andrea Burgay. Each issue presents a call—a curated selection of original collage images that will become raw material for reader-artists to respond by cutting, reconfiguring, and transforming them into new artworks. The newly created responses will form the content of the next issue.

The most recent issue, Cut Me Up Issue 9: Scars and All, curated by Laurent Seljan, is a selection of 18 self-portraits that use assembling methods—tape, thread, glue, staples and pins—as expressive elements to describe each artist’s personal psychology.

Collage is the French word for “gluing.” Although glue is a means of attachment in most forms of collage, it is often hidden, creating a surreal quality. Collage can also be a metaphor for how we piece together the fragments of our lives. In our attempts to create a seamless, cohesive self, we may repress difficult emotions or conceal our flaws to create a smooth, presentable surface. But what is the real self beneath?

The artists in Cut Me Up Issue 9: Scars and All excavate the underlying structures of their own minds, and of their collage works. They expose the inner workings and how things are held together. In the process, they reveal their personal strengths and vulnerabilities—who they really are.

Cless by Dr. Strange
10.6″x8″; handmade collage; 2018
Courtesy of the artist and Cut Me Up

Cut Me Up
Edited by Andrea Burgay
$18 US per issue
Andrea Burgay, Brooklyn, New York, magazine founded in 2018

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