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


Blogger Esther said...

the second last one is just epic

June 24, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Cocoblack said...

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

June 24, 2010 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger me melodia said...


I think your home is begging for one of these.

I can hear your walls crying from here.

June 24, 2010 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger wildflowers said...

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


June 24, 2010 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger ariane said...

love it. thanks for sharing!



June 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Briana Le & Merissa Ren said...

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

xoxo merissa

June 25, 2010 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger 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

June 26, 2010 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger kenzaloo said...

i'm in love.

June 29, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

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