My History in Collage / Photomontage: Eva Lake/ 1978 - 2022
This page shows
a bit of my early work, in the last century.
More recent works can be found in the links below:
In Every Dream Home A Heartache
The Judd Montages
Before I ever collaged, I collected old magazines and nostalgia.
I read them cover to cover and eventually I cut them up to create my own stories.
My first collages were made in high school, the early 70's. I was looking at Interview, Richard Hamilton and Pop Art.
Plus like many teenage girls I also devoured magazines aimed at beauty and fashion.
In the punk era, my work was made for Xeroxed fanzines and punk posters.
By that time I knew about Dada, having seen Dada and Surrealism Revisited at London's Hayward Gallery in 1978.
In the early 80s the work, like the music subculture of the time, took a turn towards New Romanticism.
I worked in a record store in San Francisco
and was influenced by Post Punk and classic literature.
Over the years I've made all kinds of work - painting, drawing, music, dance, performance - but collage/photomontage was and is the most constant.
I've called it a Bedroom Art as often that was the only place I had to work in. I completely relate to the "Cut with a Kitchen Knife" idea.
Sometimes images traveled around with me for decades before I used them.
It is the medium most about my own life and whatever concerned me at the time - love, labor, style, war, work, loneliness, respect, art.
The work started out as messages to the masses but in time became more like a diary.
about 2007 onwards you can explore in my WORK page. Thank you.
Self Portrait, 1978