The images in my collages are original engraved illustrations from antique books. The first books I used were volumes of a “Pictorial Museum of Animated Nature” published in the late 19th Century. I intuitively gravitate toward images that interest me, they become puzzle pieces in my selection process creating a chain of associations.
To construct the collages, I layer and glue cut-out images from the books on book pages from the same period, creating a relationship between word and image. As I start composing, the appropriated familiar images of birds, animals, landscapes, drapery, architecture and scientific objects occupy a visual space together. The unexpected juxtapositions become embellished maps, poetic landscapes combining elements of nature encountering man.