Mark Lazenby’s collages are constructed from ‘any beautifully badly printed matter of any age’. To him, collage is a way to make something beautiful from something unimportant: ‘There is so much beauty and truth in the things we disregard, I seek to rescue and elevate these fragments.’ His work juxtaposes the sacred and the profane – bits of rubbish are mixed with newspaper and antique paper, creating ‘moments of profound clarity and beauty amongst the everyday red herrings’. Lazenby’s work is based on layers – of meaning and of paper – and he sees his work as visual poetry: ‘I want all my work to be beautiful, visually alluring, ...

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