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** I accept private commissions, please contact me for slot availability **
I make paper collage that incorporates elements of theater, literature, architecture, and historical portraiture, as well as the occasional hint of humor. I approach collage as sculptural craft, using tiny pieces of magazine paper to build layered characters and scenes with precise depth, texture, and detail. In my hands, an eye, a stem, a brick yields its former intention and forms a new narrative. I create worlds where whimsical and romantic characters and their unsettling environments reveal deeper tensions.
Whether posed as small-scale portraits or staged in larger lyrical works, my collages explore the interplay of personal values and mass culture. Mixing contemporary images and symbols, I tell intimate and surreal stories
Where light-heartedness challenges an overwhelming sense of unease.
Where self-ownership and valuation are influenced by external elements.
Where the histories of our societies, our families, and even our selves, are often half-invented.
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. Her collages have been shown and collected worldwide. She has created album, promotional, and commercial artwork for a variety of musical acts and companies.