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Collage Inquiry

The term ‘collage’, which refers to a genre of art, is derived from the French verb coller, which means ‘to stick’, and refers to the process of cutting and sticking found materials onto a flat surface. The roots of papier collé, or collage, date back to at least 1000 years ago when Japanese calligraphers used scraps of torn paper to adorn their written texts. There are instances of collage in folk art, as in the work of Mary Delany (1700–88). She created paper mosaics by cutting petals from colored paper and pasting them onto black paper backgrounds (Hayden, 1980). Families in the Victorian era frequently made scrapbooks of collages depicting their everyday experiences. However, collage became acknowledged as art during the early ...

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