"What dreams are made of." Collage by melissa Battersby

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Art Description

Collage: Paper, Wood on Paper, Wood.

I have always loved the photographs in the New York Times. I have often thought how difficult it must be for the New York Times photographers works to always be thrown away in the recycle bin. I wanted to immortalize the prints from all the great photographers. After the 2008 election I decided to start saving all my papers from 2009. The most historical year in American History with the appointment of America's first African American President. So, I started saving all the the newspapers daily in my studio. 365 Newspapers piled high in my studio until I was ready to start cutting out the best pictures. In 2010, shortly after i finished my six year commission with Sage Global Headquarters in England my mother passed away. Filled with grief I was unable to get into my painting zone. It was then that I started going thru each paper cutting out the pictures that made the most impact on me. I then starting cutting pieces of wood of different depths and sizes to accommodate each photo print. One at a time I started attaching them to my living room wall. Realizing that i had a massive piece of work coming together I then made temporary black walls to attach the pieces on so i would not destroy my living room walls! Over the course of three years I managed to create an 8ftx12ft collage that tells a story. In one way or another each piece correlates with it's adjoining piece at least on one side or on multiple sides of the photos. My artist friends and curators from two major museums were mesmerized when viewing the piece calling it a masterpiece. You can actually sit in front of "What dreams are made of " for many hours figuring out how all the pieces interrelate. A true conversation piece that takes hours to view fully. A moment in time that has been memorialized through photos. 2009 retrospective of the New York times with a few photos taken from the 2009 Israel Newspaper. I have three years invested in this work of art.




"What dreams are made of."

melissa Battersby

United States


Size: 144 W x 96 H x 3 in

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