Introducing Dodi Wexler. This week I was visiting friends in Chicago, and got to spend time with some of my favorite collage works by Dodi Wexler – an American artist now living and working in London. A few days later, while I was simultaneously thinking super duper American "get-out-the-vote" thoughts AND browsing her website… guess what? I came across a "Patriotic" section of her site. Check out these collages, flying under that banner… and enjoy a few more of her exquisitely constructed pieces.
One of the best rewards for visiting her site – is to read her tales of how each piece was conceived. For the Three Dorothy's she writes:
"Even though the men think that they are very important in our family and many of the women agree, I really come from a matriarchy. I am the fourth Dorothy. I never knew the first as she died when my grandmother was two. This artwork starts with my grandmother's 1952 National Geographic map of the United States. I collected the stamps and put the artwork together. My mother did research on the internet to figure out where each stamp belonged."
See slide show for more of her work -- in themes beyond the patriotic, as above.