Collage book / by Hayley Quentin

So here is a little peek into one of my sketchbooks. I don't know if I can technically call it a sketch book since its only full of reference images. I'm very strict about only using images of photos and paintings from books, magazines, newspapers and so on. It's an arbitrary rule, but that's intentional: it adds a challenge, which forces me to think creatively. You know: if I've only got these images (as opposed to printing out exactly what I want from the internet) what can I make from them? And if I wanted to sound smart, I'd say it's like curation in miniature, but really it's (almost) mindless - or maybe instinctual is a better word: just spontaneous visual association of images that, when put together, build new and cohesive visual metaphors that are more than the sum of their parts.

Each double-page is a new piece of work and a challenge on its own (and here are a few of them).

A lot of the time I forget not only the source of the image, but who it's by and even what it's of. I can tell you that in these excerpts there's some Edward Weston, Jacques Fabian Gautier d'Agoty, Turner, Eadweard Muybridge, and Maurizio Cattelan.

Some pages are more successful than others, but making these collages is one of the most satisfying processes that I do, outside of painting.