Vahge; Retratos no reino do onírico
Uma jovem artista de Baltimore (EUA) cujo trabalho na técnica da colagem vale a pena observar…
Vahge was born in the quiet suburbs just south of Baltimore, where her neighbors had perfectly kept lawns and watchful eyes. An isolated child with few friends, she withdrew to her imagination for entertainment and solace. Her early years were spent befriending muppets, making up stories, and slowly constructing a three-storied, twenty-five roomed Barbie house. She began making collages one summer during a bout of restless obsession in the company of a philosophical feline and a consortium of colorful characters.
A self taught artist, Vahge moved to Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2007, where she currently lives and works. Her collages have shown in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Santa Fe, NM. She has contributed album artwork for the Dresden Dolls, flyers for HEALTH, and artwork for the recent Katharine McPhee holiday album.
Vahge’s collages contrast the whimsical and romantic with unsettling aspects of reality. There is also often a hint of humor in her work. She incorporates elements of dreams, literature, music, theater, and classic portraiture, and draws heavily from the rich imagery of german expressionism and victorian culture.
Usually crafted on a small scale, her work is highly detailed, using layers of paper to construct characters and scenes with precise proportion and depth. She focuses mainly on female characters, placing them center stage and exposing all their faults and unique beauty. In all her work, whether it be a sociopathic conjoined twin, a tragic clown, an embellished lady-in-waiting, or a chaste mistress, Vahge celebrates oddity with elegance.
Vahge grew up in the creepy suburbs of Maryland watching Sesame Street, making up stories, and slowly constructing a three-storied, twenty-five roomed Barbie house. She began making collages one summer during a bout of restless obsession in the company of a philosophical feline and a consortium of colorful characters. Her work is a melding of fairy tale, circus, and punk sensibilities. Vahge draws inspiration from the works of Tom Waits, Egon Schiele, Hieronymus Bosch, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Charles Bukowski, and various dreams and conversations. Vahge’s collages are neither abstract nor digital. Painstakingly assembled by hand from small pieces of magazine, cut and adhered with glue, pieces of eye, cheek, and brick are layered into characters and scenes. Vahge currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been shown in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Santa Fe. She has done album artwork for the punk-cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, flyers for LA based band HEALTH, and additional artwork for internationally acclaimed Act IV.
A site da artista: http://www.vahge.com/work