Kings & Queens of Late Night
In my studio practice I utilize collage as a formal element. It provides a way of putting down tone or erasing previous marks. There is a randomness in collage; the secondary meaning in the text or image becomes an important part of the finished work. Collage allows me to layer multiple images over the scaffolding of a drawing. I use materials from the subject’s world to create their likeness. This is a modern take on the renaissance tradition of putting objects into a portrait to illustrate the attributes of the subject, for example books to show the subject was educated, a dog to show loyalty or furs to show wealth. For Jon Stewart, I used collage material from the 9/11 Responders’ act he championed, Amy Schumer was done with her cousin Senator Chuck Schumer’s Gun Control bill, Jimmy Fallon was done with thank you cards to reference his Thank You Notes segment, and John Oliver was done with USA Today and the London Tube Map, because he’s so British.