The mixed media collages utilize a hand torn method, delivering a raw, organic aesthetic – following in the Wabi-sabi tradition of beauty in the natural imperfection of life. These Midnight Collages, refer not only to the general time frame of their preferred creation, but pay homage to the cultural phenomenon of Midnight Movies: art-house, camp, and cult film classics which had their own unique style and wild aesthetics.
Midnight Movies usually contain a variety of images that offer up an alternative view of society, not often seen and in contrast to their more popular, mainstream counterparts. In the same way these collages reassemble the source material images in new and unusual ways, often with a whimsical, irreverent, or playful twist. Much like the films sometimes the collage results can be beautiful or bizarre, campy or cryptic, mysterious or maddening in their own unique style. They tell strange stories, which don’t try to fit into the mainstream, but work upon the fringe of norms.
There is a rather potent element that informs them when crafted in the midnight hour. They become methods to unwind the mind from the days programming, clearing and preparing the brain for its approaching slumber. They preface and predict the visions of the dream realm. The collages take on their own meaning and necessitate the same type of curiosity that many of the cult classic movies impart in their audacity to be different.