Les Portes du Paradis

The landscapes in this series were sourced by googling images tagged with the word paradise. At the time, I was gathering debris from the streets with a view to making art around the theme of waste & pollution.

I made low-resolution prints of the found photographs to contrast the artificiality of the images with the utopian dream of ‘paradise’. I then added cut-out elements of the litter I had been collecting, thus creating portals onto a strange new world.

The title is a reference to the novel by Jerzy Andrzejewski.

Les Portes du Paradis is a series of collages of variable size, from 2008-09, made with litter on photocopies, and mounted onto recycled cardboard.