24.6.10

ALEXIS ANNE MACKENZIE

I just discovered collage artist Alexis Mackenzie on my favorite art and oddities blog: me melodia . . .

Her lovely and whimsical (with a touch of eeriness) pieces immediately reminded me of old books and manuscripts where the first letter of the first word of the first sentence would be elaborately drawn with curling vines, animals, or biological motifs. Alexis has taken this a million steps forward. She chooses single words, such as "Youthless" and "Dust," or phrases like "It Matters To Me," and spells them out using painstakingly cut-out biological images from old books she's collected over the years. Her choice and placement of these blossoms, anatomical parts, stems and animals are marvelous and can be seen as a kind of "Magic Eye" to the viewer.

You can see all of her work (including older collages that don't incorporate words) on Alexis's Flickr page.

Dreaming is Easy
Never Be Sad
It Matters To Me
Youthless
Dust

8 comments:

Esther said...

wow.
the second last one is just epic

Cocoblack said...

I love the last one with the skeleton hand! Very interesting!

me melodia said...

beautiful.

I think your home is begging for one of these.

I can hear your walls crying from here.

wildflowers said...

So amazing and cool! I really love the last one most :)

stardustbohemian.blogspot.com

ariane said...

love it. thanks for sharing!

thosequietnights.blogspot.com

xx

Briana Le & Merissa Ren said...

i want to paper my walls with huge version of these images!!!


xoxo merissa
merbri.blogspot.com

St├ęphane Malingue said...

i have always been fascinated by encyclopedia drawing... there is a kind of magic...
st├ęphane of luxe-et-vanites.blogspot.com

kenzaloo said...

i'm in love.