Along the trajectory of magical photomontage, Roxene Rockwell’s collages evoke the Dadaist constructions of Modernists Hannah Hoch, Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner and Max Ernst.* By cutting, pasting and altering images, Rockwell creates fantasy landscapes that utilize a mixture of source materials. She describes her collages as “extreme and highly manipulated,” and they are comprised of existing images, painting and drawings, photographs and bits and pieces of paper. At first glance, they look like painting or drawings. At second glance, they still do. Literally thousands of slivers of paper that look like delicate brush strokes float across her canvases. Like a painter who works with scissors, Rockwell wields her shears unmercifully, cutting archival, translucent and opaque paper scraps into tiny, silvers of color. These tiny particles of paper are painstakingly pasted onto her surfaces in compositions where every inch pulses with life. And in her canvases, her solitary, leafless trees, barren hillsides and stormy, dynamic skies suggest an otherworldly place teeming with an energy
she has created.