MORGAN JESSE LAPPIN
BORN / 1979
LIVES AND WORKS IN / Brooklyn
ABOUT / In 2007, while working with a friend at his Silk Screen Studio, I first started making collages to use as T-Shirt designs. Once I realized people where giving more attention to the original collages than the shirts I was immediately inspired to take on collage as a passion and ultimately an OCD. I started off and still mostly stick mostly to using encyclopedias, which I've been obsessed with since a child when my parents brought home a World Book Encyclopedia set back from Grandma's. I've never really took any art classes in school so I never had any artist influences. It was more of a thrill of creating my own reality through collage that kept me going and never had intentions to sell the work until I realized I needed more money to survive in this crazy world. From there the prospect of having someone fall in love with something I created and taking it home with them was very gratifying and special to me.
I spend 90% of my art time collecting, cutting, and cataloging images and 10% of the time making the collages. I have a file system with over 100 categories and hundreds of pre cut images. Cutting, collecting, and organizing these images is has become somewhat of an OCD, a way meditation, yet somehow at the same time a source of stress because I am constantly misplacing things. All of this plays a roll when making collage. My method of madness includes my xacto knife and tape, I no longer use glue as I find it constricting. Tape allows a piece to continue to evolve.
I have many different styles I use when making collage and this can change like the wind. Some themes that I use are groupage collages, character collages, 3D Cup Collages, human hair collages, and i'm sure i'll have more to add to that list at some point. Too many ideas, to little time. Especially since my true passion is making and recording music, it seems it will take me 2 more life times to get everything done. In December of 2013 I started the Brooklyn Collage Collective which is now 30+ members strong. It's something i'm very proud of and never thought it would get as big as it is today, and going into 2017 the possibilities are endless.