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A Text and Paper Collage Portfolio by Emma Lehto

A cut-paper sculpture made using an art book1, page after

Emma Lehto is an artist who works with text and paper collage, often manipulating books, magazines, and other printed media to create artworks that utilize the materiality of the medium to express new meanings.

A cut-paper artwork made from an art bookKRAZY! Page 51


In our previous feature of Emma’s work with novel meanings, we looked at the artist’s method of cutting into existing multi-page volumes to create layered, colourful contour images or portions of images. In some cases these layers become figures in their own right, while in other cases the artist’s cuts obscure part of a larger image or serve as a kind of censorship, like in her works with pornographic texts. 

A screen capture of Emma Lehto's art portfolio


Outside of the cutting works emma also produces pieces of typography -- it’s interesting to view these practices in contrast to one another. In the cut pieces, typography is somewhat incidental to the figurative artworks, while in the others, the focus is on the fonts, letterforms, and the meanings of the words themselves.

A collage made from speech bubble cut from Calvin and Hobbes comicsCalvin & Hobbes Chatter


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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