Inspiration for Collage

Hi Friends,

A big “Thank You” to my friend Bruna who recently gave me a wonderful collection of no-longer-needed magazines for my collage art. They’re mostly fashion magazines, which are outstanding for their fantastical ads and fashion layouts.

Cassandra Tondro magazines for collage

This influx of brilliant colors and designs has inspired me to create some new collage pieces on the theme of boxes, which have been an interest of mine for a while now.

Boxes can represent many different things — boxed in, inside the box, outside the box, gift boxes, storage boxes, moving boxes, check boxes on various forms. Boxes are also the way we now view much of the world through the screens of our virtual devices. The box becomes a cropped and reduced stand-in for the real world.

This first piece was inspired by my friend Carole Spence, who recently passed away. Red was her favorite color, and she often combined it with what she called “poison green.”

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“Girl Power – In Remembrance of Carole Spence,” 24 x 24 inches, collage on wood panel

Next I did a piece about gaslighting – the process of making someone think that they’re crazy, it’s all in their head, and they’re making it up. Many of us have probably experienced this at one time or another. Merriam-Webster defines gaslighting this way:

The psychological manipulation of a person usually over an extended period of time that causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem.

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“Gaslighting – Where Is the Truth?,” 24 x 24 inches, collage on wood panel

I use all of the pages of the magazines, including the pages that only have text on them. The text becomes the background for these pieces.

Most of the text is obscured, but little bits here and there are readable, adding an element of mystery and intrigue. The text is symbolic of the relentless noise in the outside world and the incessant chatter inside our heads.

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What has inspired you lately? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,


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