Meat Cutting in Toledo
Ford Falcon Icon #1
Yma Sumac Icon
Soviet Block #2, Hungary
In 1998, on a visit to S.C.R.A.P. I found an old piece of Plexiglas. That started an experiment that lead to a series of collages on Plexiglas. I called these works reverse collages.
Unlike traditional collages, which build up from the bottom, a reverse collage is done on Plexiglas from the front to back using paint, ephemera, foil, wax, etc.
In 2000, these were included as part of an artist-in-residency and demonstration at the de Young Museum. A few word origin websites have even claimed I had invented the term “reverse collage” (I am not certain if that is true).
In 2011 I discovered a craft supply company was selling something called Reverse Collage Glue. An idea I find ridiculous, as any good, water-based, clear drying glue will work just fine. The examples shown here are 6”x6” each.
© Scott St. John 1997-2023