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Collage Artist Cuts and Pastes Vintage Magazines Into Playfully Interactive Scenes

Collage Art by Toon Joosen

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A solid page of text can be dry to look at. However, after Toon Joosen has added his touch, words can take on a whole new life. The Dutch artist merges magazine cutouts of people with book pages to create clever collages where figures playfully interact with text.

From sweeping up words with a broom to catching the perfect sentence with a fishing pole, Joosen finds a myriad of ways to create relationships between people and language. “My collages often consist of two images out of vintage magazines that together give an alienating and often funny effect,” he tells My Modern Met. “Sometimes images are waiting months before I find a perfect match.”

Each of these pieces begins on a sheet taken from a book. Joosen will then cut out parts of the paper or add to it as necessary to create a shape within the body of the text. Afterward, people are added to the composition and carefully placed to make it look like they are involved with the words in some way. In one example, a pair of children carry an umbrella to block out the rainstorm of falling letters, and in another young boy sits atop a large pile of words that were collected from the page spread.

You can purchase prints of Joosen's artwork via his Etsy shop, and keep up to date with his latest work by following the artist on Instagram.

Netherlands-based artist Toon Joosen creates playful collages.

Collage Art by Toon Joosen

Images of people and objects are cut out of magazines and added to pages of text.

Collage Art by Toon Joosen

Joosen arranges the people to playfully interact with the words on the paper.

Collage Art by Toon Joosen

Some are seen sweeping the text away; meanwhile, some others travel through a sea of written words with a boat, as if the paragraphs are a body of water.

Collage Art by Toon Joosen Collage Art by Toon Joosen

Each collage is its own creative reimagining of vintage media.
Collage Art by Toon Joosen

Collage Art by Toon Joosen Collage Art by Toon Joosen

A page is not just a page through Joosen’s perspective. It’s the artist’s visual playground.

Collage Art by Toon Joosen Collage Art by Toon Joosen

Toon Joosen: Instagram | Etsy

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Toon Joosen.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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