Alex Rose’s deliberately ambiguous collages feature ‘horses, flowers, boys, birds… the magazine boys within the collages are substitutes for people I don’t know, people I know that I’ll never be able to speak to.’ Born in Limerick, Ireland, he began his career at the age of 13 by collecting cast-offs and making shrines for much-loved family pets. His work features found images from newspapers and magazines, and he creates his collages by hand: ‘Most of the time I hate the computer and things digital.’ When asked how he goes about making his collage work, he explains: ‘There is no rational, premeditated thought process. I make something. ...

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