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:

The Witness

Nurses

Cactus Flowers

Her Highness

In Every Dream Home A Heartache

The Arrangements

My Egypt

TypeFace

Anonymous Women

Targets

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.

Collages from about 2007 onwards you can explore in my WORK page. Thank you.
 

 

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Self Portrait, 1978