A universe made from fragments
The Marras' approach
The collage consists in the juxtaposition of materials of various origins. Even those materials that are not necessarily inherent to artistic production: newspapers, photos, fabrics, solid materials, paints, as well as everyday objects.
Collage debuts in contemporary art at the beginning of the twentieth century, when it was widely used in Cubism, Surrealism; the two artistic currents that were most inclined to visual and technical experimentation. Famous were the collages by Picasso, those of Braque and of Max Ernst.
The image of the collage welcomes a poetics of fragments. It is organized either by contrast or with harmony. It is composed in figuration, or it is dissolved in abstraction.
The collage image unites different statutes of the work and functions according to its own rules: it orders gestures with total freedom.
Its action takes place instinctively, and conceptually. The image of the collage preserves its distinctiveness: it combines elements of diversity, which are willing to live together within the symbolic space of the canvas.
The collage image tends to accept diversity – it is free and open.
The collage becomes bricolage (i.e. DIY) in the noble sense of the term. It makes the unpredictable appear. And this is where the joy of the collage lies: when the accidental blends with the necessary.
They are immobile witnesses of the incessant come-and-go of those who pass by.
Written by Francesca Alfano Miglietti