“It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.” -Jean-Luc Godard
Collage isn't simple "cut and paste" as some say. It's figuring out how to put the pieces together in the best way to say what you need to say at that moment in time.
It takes the same skill and knowledge as every other art form does. Playing. Experimenting. Asking questions. Exploring. Making and learning from mistakes. Pushing.
To dismiss it as being a purely simple art form diminishes what so many of us do. Any artist's work evolves and changes with time as much as we do on a human level. The more you work at something, the better you become at it. The more you show up for your work, the more you show up in your work.
Collage is not simple. It's the art of transformation. It's taking materials and tools and piecing them together in a way that creates something that never existed before. It's painting with paper. It's composing with paper and paste. It's sculpting and molding. It's all of this and so much more.
“The beauty of the collage technique is that you’re using sounds that have never met and were never supposed to meet. You introduce them to each other, at first they’re a bit shy, clumsy, staring at their shoes. But you can sense there’s something there. So you cut and paste a little bit and by the end of the song you can spot them in the corner, holding hands.” -Jens Lekman