I approach collage as sculptural craft, layering tiny pieces of magazine paper to build characters and scenes with precise depth, texture, and detail. In my hands, an eye, a tree stem, a tiny tendril of hair yields its former intention and forms a new narrative.

Mixing contemporary images and symbols, I tell intimate and surreal stories, exploring the interplay of personal values and public culture, and the ways in which self ownership is developed and influenced by social histories. I arrange these moments into celebrations of human fragility.

A self taught artist, Vahge moved to Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2007, where she currently lives and works. She has worked for clients such as Universal Music, and has shown with galleries across the world.

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Photo credit: Lily Dean Stampfel