Dead Paper

"My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!
And yet they seem alive and quivering..."

*all collages and poems are original works by Dead Paper



About

Dead Paper is a collaboration between two artists who live a few hundred miles apart. He writes the poems and she makes the collages.

All collages are handmade; we don’t use any computer manipulation. All poems are original works.

Most images come from vintage magazines; National Geographics are our favorite.

Our name comes from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 28: 
"My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!
And yet they seem alive and quivering
Against my tremulous hands which loose the string
And let them drop down on my knee tonight.
This said—he wished to have me in his sight
Once, as a friend: this fixed a day in spring
To come and touch my hand… a simple thing,
Yes I wept for it—this … the paper’s light…
Said, Dear, I love thee; and I sank and quailed
As if God’s future thundered on my past.
This said, I am thine—and so its ink has paled
With lying at my heart that beat too fast.
And this …
Love, thy words have ill availed
If, what this said, I dared repeat at last!”

We work with ‘dead paper’ (vintage magazines) but we aspire to breathe new life into them through our collages and words.

You can buy a few select collages here.