Sometimes there is an epiphany

50 foot man by Michael Toti
15″x20″; paper collage; 2013. Courtesy of the artist.


Michael Toti Collage

at New England Arts Gallery in Canton, Connecticut, USA
8 May-8 June 2022

Connecticut-based collage artist Michael Toti has written about his collage work:

One of the things I like about collage is the process of combining images and developing a new interpretation of the original form. For me, the process is about searching, looking at image after image and trying to find the connections between one image and the other. Sometimes there is an epiphany, but most times it simply involves time and work to find the right parts to fulfill the vision in my head and sometimes the images I find will alter the direction.

Goddess of War by Michael Toti
20″x15″; watercolor, image transfer and paper collage; 2022. Courtesy of the artist.

I am also drawn to textural elements, bits of paper that have been run over by cars, they are worn and distressed and it changes their character. Tickets with numbers or letters, postage stamps, and bits of typography appeal to the graphic side of me. But they function more as symbols or shapes rather than message.

Recently I have started adding more colour to the backgrounds hoping to add more contrasts and texture to the image. I am also exploring a less refined approach to the drawing trying to feed off of the movements that the backgrounds create.


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