“Selected for Use, Instead of the Whole Material”
The Collage Taxonomy Project is an ongoing survey of the wider collage community that attempts to define the language we use to talk about collage. In Kolaj #16, Ric Kasini Kadour tackles the first of a series of articles about collage taxonomy: The Cut.
He writes, “A definition of cut seems obvious. Textbook definitions usually refer to a sharp object and the removal of something. Interestingly, they are inconsistent about the thing and the thing being removed. A finger can be cut away from a body, but a body is rarely cut from its little finger.” But this definition is complicated by Artur Scheibler’s suggested definition “cut.”
From the article: Scheibler writes, “In more abstract terms (and in the context of collage), to cut is to select a section of an image.” Scheibler’s starting point is worth noting. The act begins with the identification of the fragment. He continues, “Cutting may be followed by pasting. Cutting may happen by traditional methods (i.e., by use of scissors or crafting knives) or digitally (i.e., by use of image editing software).” Here Scheibler bridges the analogue/digital divide brilliantly.
We encourage you, dear reader, to suggest words or contribute definitions. Visit the Collage Taxonomy Project page.