Collage is the most natural medium for me to work in. It inherently facilitates a dreamlike quality, and allows for a fair amount of free association.
Although I studied illustration, printmaking, photography, and animation, I found that when faced with the tyranny of a blank canvas, it is a much more intuitive process for me to “macgyver” images together than to create something from absolutely nothing.
Dreams have always been central to who I am–I want to dissolve the barriers between psychic and physical worlds, between dreaming and waking realities, and I feel that collage is the best method for that. The process is a puzzle, a mystery…it is something we enter a dialog with, and as we do The Work, the collage taps into our unconscious minds, co-creating itself.
This concept is filtered through my affinity for the schlocky ‘80s and ‘90s movies that saturated my childhood. Low-budget aesthetics are the foundation of my artistic process.
Casey Babb is a mixed media and collage artist living outside of the Kansas City area. Before obtaining a BFA in illustration from the University of Central Missouri, he studied photography and animation. Currently, he works as a freelance illustrator, focusing on book and album covers, as well as editorial illustration.