The series of collages started with the discovery of a group of reproductions of 18th century engravings by William Hogarth. My parents bought the collection of binded prints in an antique shop a few years ago. I assume the reproductions were produced in the early 19th century. I am drawn to the vintage look of the engravings, but it is the subject matter of Hogarth’s work that is the most interesting.
“William Hogarth was a major English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, and editorial cartoonist of the 18th century. His work ranged from excellent realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called ‘modern moral subjects’. Much of his work, though at times vicious, poked fun at contemporary politics and customs. Illustrations in such style are often referred to as Hogarthian.” – Wikipedia
The collages are hand-made and it combines the reproductions of Hogarth’s engravings with images from books and National Geographic magazines.
View more of my collage work on my website.
(The collage Flesh was shown in pervious blog post, but I include it here again, as it was the starting point of the series. The engraving is part of the series titled Industry and Idleness produced in 1747.)