Dada Dreams

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ArtistScott Jason Tamkin

This collage project is a reflection of the work Dada artists from post-WW1 Europe and is an ode to the sadness of the human condition. This generation of artists, like myself, lived in an evolving, yet ever-homogenizing, normative culture. As a result, Dada tendencies towards escapism are especially applicable now amongst young artists. My work focuses on the Dada use of pre-existing material and slight manipulation to convey ideas about non-conformity and spontaneous emotion, as well as show my belief in the Declining World theory. This technique translates to my work which uses collage to convey the slow decline of a once individual, proud, and unique human culture as it slips into a state of sameness.