Everything Moonlight Promised
The joy of collage is finding the endless connections between seemingly unrelated things. In some collages, the juxtaposition of ordinary with the delirious diversity of dream imagery forces the mind to make contact with the marvelous. Each collage is an invitation to view the world differently. What is most unexpected suddenly becomes as familiar as an old friend’s favorite song.
I make collages out of all kinds of materials. Most are made out of paper engravings. Many collages are digitally generated or enhanced. To begin a piece, I select some sources — either color or black and white. If I’m using magazines or prints or old books, I cut out some images or parts of images that interest me. Then I start working on a background or some other sort of chance construction. Much is left to fleeting insights. These are tiny miracles of inspiration. Depending on whether I’m using scissors and glue or digital images, each collage could take several hours.
Bill Wolak/The Joy of Collage
About the artist:
Bill Wolak is a poet, photographer, and collage artist. He has just published his fifteenth book of poetry, The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Editions. His collages have appeared recently in The 2019 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Poetic Illusion, The Riverside Gallery, Hackensack, NJ, the 2019 Dirty Show in Detroit, Naked in New Hope 2018, 2018 The Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, and The 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival.