excerpts from All the Colors of the Dark 

For the past few years, I’ve been composing collages based on typographic forms; prior to this, my work had consisted primarily of surreal, dreamlike narratives and were purely figurative compositions. I have always, however, loved creating abstract work as well, and wanted to gradually move this aesthetic to the forefront of my working practice. My love of words came together with my love of abstract compositions in this recent phase of work.

Most of the texts in the collages selected here stem from giallo film titles; phrases intended to convey the lurid, spectacular quality of the films, but which in themselves have a surreal, lyrical quality. I enjoy their inadvertent similarities to the literature of magic realism, despite having been written with completely different intentions. Giallo films in and of themselves are colorful, pulpy affairs, and I attempted to echo this energy in the lines, shapes, and textures of the snaking branches I constructed.

All_the_Colors_of_the_Dark

Crocodile_Tears

Death_Laid_An_Egg

Fake_Blood

Footprints_On_The_Moon

Short_Night_of_the_Glass_Dolls

The_Bird_with_the_Crystal_Plumage

Who_Said_ThatCrocodile_TearsDeath_Laid_An_EggFake_BloodFootprints_On_The_MoonShort_Night_of_the_Glass_DollsThe_Bird_with_the_Crystal_PlumageWho_Said_That

Alexis Mackenzie‘s work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows in San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She holds a BFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others, and has appeared in numerous publications, including Zeit Magazin, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine. She currently resides in San Francisco, California. More of her work can be viewed at http://www.alexisanne.com

IMAGE DETAILS

“All the Colors of the Dark”, hand-cut collage on found paper, 2010. 12 x 14 inches

“Crocodile Tears”, hand-cut collage on paper, 2010. 5 x 7 inches

“Death Laid an Egg”, hand-cut collage on paper, 2010. 30 x 22 inches

“Fake Blood”, hand-cut collage on paper, 2010. 5 x 7 inches

“Footprint on the Moon”, hand-cut collage on found paper, 2010. 12 x 14 inches

“Short Night of the Glass Dolls”, hand-cut collage on found paper, 2010. 12 x 14 inches

“The Bird with the Crystal Plumage”, hand-cut collage on paper, 2010. 30 x 22 inches

“Who Said That?”, hand-cut collage on found paper, 2010. 12 x 14 inches

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