History of Collage & Photomontage: Shengjie.Wu


The pop art ‘The Dream’ made by Rosalyn Drexler in 1963. ‘The Dream’ was contain a chimpanzee and a woman bu using collage method to present. (Exploring the Cutting-Edge History and Evolution of Collage Art, MY MODERN MET)

Rosalyn Drexler was born at 25 November 1926 in the Bronx, New York. She was a artist, novelist, playwright with Obie Award-winning, and screenwriter with Emmy Award-winning, and former professional wrestler. I was shocked when I know she was a artist but also a professional wresler. Rosalyn Drexler also worked in sculpture as her early job. She was better known for her Pop culture Art.

Drexler started to make Pop Art in 1961.  She liked to brush against the edge. Thus, She searched images through old magazines, posters, and newspapers for her paintings. She cropped images from magazines and newspapers by using her selt-learned technique, collaging them onto canvas, and used bright, saturated colors to paint onto the images that she collected.

There was not Adobe at 1961. Therefore, the only way to make collage art was to make a outline on the paper, and then collaged pieces onto the paper. Based on the reason that there was not adone at 1961, Drexler could not preview her artwork with line, color, diretion, shape, and etc by doing collage on photoshop. She could only refine the elements of design while she made the collage.

From my perspective, I like the method that Drexler used on her Pop Art. First of all, Corpping images from newspaper and Magazine and collaging them onto the paper is interesting and full of fun. Because I never know how my work is going to be, even though I have a blue print of my artwork in mt mind. After collaging images onto the paper, painting is going to be next. I believe that work is going to be unique as personal style after combining images and paintings.

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