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Sarah-Jane Crowson

Postcards from the Underworld page 45


Source & Method

The source text is a vintage book of poetry, titled New Poems 1960. It is edited by Cronin, Silkin and Tiller and published by Hutchinson of London, UK. Poems used in the cut-up are Ted Hughes, Pike, Leonard Clarke, De La Mare’s Bell and John Heath-Stubbs, The Cave of the Nymph. The method uses a combination of analogue and digital techniques. The text is a physical cut-up scanned into photoshop. The image uses a combination of out of copyright images from The British Museum online archive and The Biodiversity Heritage library with some scanned source material from found ephemera which is manipulated, recoloured and repositioned using photoshop. The frequently lyrical but quite traditional poetry from the source text is re-imagined in the collage. Image and words are reconfigured in a paper theatre where a deer-headed narrator guides us from room to room, showing us the natural world transformed into small imagined domestic deities.

Sarah-Jane‘s work is inspired by fairytales, psychogeography and surrealism. She is published in a range of journals, including Waxwing Journal, Petrichor, Thrush and Sugar House Review. You can find her on Twitter @Sarahjfc.

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