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Cathy Horner

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My collage art is inspired by vintage images found in old magazines, catalogs and books. By the time I find them the paper is yellowed and faded, mice have chewed the corners and insects and moths have made their holes. But these images are precious to me. I imagine the time when they were brand new and the dreams they inspired. They are as fresh and brimming with innovation to my eyes as they were to the eyes that saw them the first time around.
When I choose the images for a collage I am conscious that the final result will be whimsical, often surreal, while remaining visually rooted in times past.
I use a combination of media in my work, including actual vintage images, handmade papers, acrylic paints and sometimes other found objects. My "robots" are constructed by images cut from vintage mechanical and industrial parts catalogs.
It is my hope that these works invigorate imaginations and bring as much pleasure in viewing them as they brought me in making them.

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