be it scrape books or school projects. we’ve all created collages at some point in our lives. but did that hobby ever go on to become a profession?
would it look as surreal as what american artist johanna goodman creates? would it make a point that’s as adroit as yet look so beautiful?
armed with a formal education in art from boston university’s school for the arts and a BFA in illustration from parsons school of design, johanna uses photoshop and a truck load of referencing to create her elongated figures.
johanna goodman started the series called ‘the catalogue of imaginary beings’ on a whim.
“i do a lot of sewing and textile work, and i just could not ditch my scraps. i originally had a vision of giant monumental figures made of all these scraps. that was fun, but after doing a lot of analog cut-and-paste i realized, why am i limiting myself to these things i happen to have in the studio? and i dove into digital imagery.”
she uses a lot of her own photos and objects. she shoots when she travels and at home, on roadsides, in junk yards, in gardens, and in parks. she raids vintage stores for textiles and sometimes even uses free stock sites.
in describing her creative process, she says that she usually starts with the head and the feet and the hands, it’s very paper-doll-like that way. and once the mandatory elements are done. that’s when the craziness that goes into the centre begins.