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Sketchbook Porn

Sketchbook Porn: Monica Rene Rochester


Monica René Rochester
‘s immaculate, bizarro worlds of collage invite the eye to wander and keep returning to uncover every last uncanny detail and double entendre embedded between the onionskin-thin layers she fastidiously pastes down. With a touch of twisted humor, she proves the esoteric and timeless imagery of something like Medieval alchemy can coexist all too comfortably—or sometimes hilariously uncomfortably—butted up against the visual gaudiness of contemporary commercial advertisements or children’s picture books.

“I’ve kept a series of journals since I was a teenager,” Rochester says, “and although some of my ‘finished’ collages have come about spontaneously, I’ve found that my most cherished pieces almost always have seeds in these tattered, messy, glue-covered books and notebooks. 2014 was honestly a very fallow year for me, art-wise, but during the last couple of months I’ve been picking up the scissors and playing Chance games with cutouts again, which has brought about a fresh round of inspiration for me. Long live the sketchbook!”

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