FROM KOLAJ 31
Suzanne Winkel Recounts the Birth of the Arizona Collage Collective
Kolaj Institute is interested in how collage communities take shape. Suzanne Winkel founded the Arizona Collage Collective in September 2019 with the help of Lynette Guck, Dawn Hudson, and Martha Andreatos. We asked Winkel about how the group came together and their first year. her story appears in Kolaj 31.
To meet Suzanne and learn more about what the Arizona Collage Collective is up to, sign up for the Kolaj LIVE Online event, How To World Collage Day 2021, on Saturday, 20 February 2021 at 2PM EST.
“When I discovered Kolaj Magazine, I found a community of artists who shared a similar passion for beginning a project without knowing how it will end. It seemed as if the process of arranging seemingly disparate elements in order to create a unified image was as important to these artists as the image itself. It was their act of experimentation, their willingness to suspend control over a reliable outcome, that was so intriguing to me. At the same time, I discovered the joy of cutouts. Scissors in hand, my need to make things took on a whole new purpose. As a result, I have amassed thousands of precisely cut images that have been carefully catalogued according to size, genre, and so on. My addiction was fueled. And then, when Kolaj Magazine created World Collage Day, the circle was complete.” –Suzanne Winkel
For World Collage Day 2020, Arizona Collage Collective mailed over two hundred packets of paper cutouts and ephemera to collage artists around the world and posted the resulting collages on their Instagram @arizonacollagecollective. They plan to repeat this activity for World Collage Day 2021.