PROMOTING STORYTELLING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM, WORDS, AND VISUAL ARTS.
MAY 2015 ISSUE 1
Collective Magazine THE ARCHIVE COLLECTIVE IS AN ONLINE COMMUNITY AND MAGAZINE THAT PROMOTES STORYTELLING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY, FILM, WORDS, AND VISUAL ARTS. ✄
! What is Archive Collective?
Archive Collective showcases art with substance. Art that makes you think.
It encourages collaborative storytelling as a global creative community. The creation of a digital bank of images, memories, and reflections. Exploration and narration through different sensory perspectives.
LAUNCH EDITION This Month’s Contributers
Tess Johnson | Zuri Camille de Souza | Pjotr Eijkenboom | Petros Koublis | Eloise Oddos | Jose Miguel Buitrago | Evie Stevenson | Angèle Mouteau | Ruby Anna Casellini | Ryan McKenna | Sarah le Donne | Zisis Kardianos
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Cover Image by Zuri Camille de Souza
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THE FANTASTIC WORLDS OF TESS JOHNSON
AFRIK’S SURREAL SOUNDSCAPES
ILLUSTRATIONS BY ELOISE ODDOS
ZURI CAMILLE DE SOUZA
TRYTH EVIE STEVENSON
ZURI CAMILLE DE SOUZA REFLECTS
INK AND COLOR
OFF SEASON ZISIS KARDIANOS
RUBY ANNA CASELLINI
CONTROVERSIES RYAN MCKENNA
BUS JOURNAL SARAH LE DONNE
INLANDS PETROS KOUBLIS
FILM PHOTOGRAPHY PJOTR EIJKENBOOM
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TESS JOHNSON CREATING WORLDS OF ADVENTURE AND SURPRISE THROUGH COLLAGE.
looking around, but they refuse to merge in perfectly. And it’s no wonder; they come from a different page of a different book printed far away in a publishing house of a different day and age. Like time travellers sucked through a portal, they find themselves in a world that is so distant from their own and yet the assemblage works wonderfully. //
Tess Johnson’s collages draw you into dreamlike worlds of surprise, imagination and contradiction. In these worlds, disjointed limbs, flora, sprawling landscapes, household objects and galaxies come together to produce new and impossible modes of being. The ordinary sits side by side with the absurd; contrasting banalities of everyday life with the deep inner realms of psychic fantasy.
Then there is the numinous. Many of Tess’ collages embody a feeling that is hard to pinpoint with language. It’s the feeling of standing at the height of a canyon, looking down at thousands of years of erosion, and feeling really, really small. It’s the feeling of awe when you look into the face of true, overwhelming power, like seeing the sea for the first time. Or, like standing on the edge of a diving board and looking down at the milky way below you (image 1.3.). Images often prove to be more adept than words at communicating sensations that are fleeting and unusual: frailty, emptiness, wonder, fascination. Despite their affective power, there is a fundamental lightheartedness to the images. They’re playful, they’re simple, they have a childlike naivitée to them. And we love them for it.
/ / / A theme that cuts through her portfolio is the pursuit of adventure- brightly dressed, all-American magazine models kayaking down rivers of flowers, winding down mountains and moon craters, exploring landscapes that are strangely disconnected from them. They are there;