FROM KOLAJ 28
John Digby and The New Feral Press
John Digby is a brilliant collage artist who works with prescient amalgamations of words and images. Born in Britain in 1938, he was shaped by a childhood in the Blitz and adolescence as a London Zoo keeper of birds. A Surrealist poet at heart, Digby, scalpel in one hand, pen in the other, takes his audience for a rollicking and often disturbing romp in the theatre of his imagination. In Kolaj 28, Joan Harrison with Emily Walshe profile this facinating artist.
Digby has been quoted as saying “in order to create, one must first destroy.” His devastating poem “Lines to a Dodo”, illustrated by an engraved landscape collaged into a silhouette of the ill-fated bird, lays bare the inevitability of our own extinction.
John Digby’s collages have been widely exhibited and are in many private and museum collections. His archives are in the special collections area of the University of Delaware Library. All books produced by Joan and John Digby have been included in the Manuscript and Rare Book Collection of the Beinecke Library at Yale University.