Collage Art

In my previous articles, I presented emerging painters in the visual arts. However, there are many other existing art disciplines. This week I discovered a talented artist who exploits collages. This visual representation is seen as an art since the 17th century because it assumes the photography industry. To create a collage, the artist must have an image directory to assemble them.

Marin Blanc is an artist that I discovered through her Facebook page. First of all, she’s a graphic designer and mainly works on the graphics of music albums for her friends. In spring 2012, she decided to drop out school in reaction to the student strike. Marin Blanc decided instead to start her own project rather than returning to school. Thereby, she started a collage book who represented daily efforts that lasted for an entire year. That objective permitted to Marin Blanc to develop her own style. On the other hand, she’s trying to stay anonymous.


« I like to recognize people in the street who follow my Artistic work but in exchange, they look at me like without knowing that I’m Marin Blanc.»

Her works are simple and defined by a composition of fragments of materials combined from magazines or pictures than she applies on a paper (6×11 inch). Marin Blanc thus may vary the appearance of her pictures with other adjacent fragments. She then adapts the colours of her collage to a particular colour scheme with this purpose in mind, or in order to create shading. The woman body is a recurrent theme that we observe in her work because Marin Blanc loves the effects proposed by its shapes and curves. Further, Atelier Bingo and Lino inspires her works. However, she’s trying to eliminate referential connotations in order to remain unique trough her collages and its anonymity.

Otherwise, Marin Blanc’s work attracted my attention because it proposes two different interpretations. At first glance, one perceives an abstract image composed of several layers of images. They thus stimulate movements and dimension on the illustration. In another vein, we see in her collage a simplified image foreground and a monochrome layer that aligns with the fragments of images. That said, Marin Blanc’s collages designed a two-dimensional space, but its overlapping images make it seem as if it was more a question of three-dimensional representation.


To top it all off, her future ambitions in relation to her art are also interesting. First of all, she wants to start a second book of collage. Then, she will present her work with the Salon du Disque et les arts underground of Montreal in order to sell her works with Banane records. Moreover, Marin Blanc will soon make an exhibition. In the meantime, you can visit her website or her Facebook page and have fun making collages. You can also acquire her collages printed on coffee cups, posters and calendars.


By Alexandra Frappier