Michael Pajon – Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans
Born 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Collage is a scavengers’ medium, and though collected from the discarded, this work is not meant to be nostalgic. These bits of bone and sinew are not unlike a memento mori – a remembrance of ones mortality – in a state of reanimation.
These maps, postcards, children’s book illustrations, matchbooks, sheet music, and calling cards are the guts and gristle of common things people collected over a life, spared the fate of being buried in the rubble and shadows of once prosperous towns. This group of work contemplates the most humble of human remains: old matchbooks from junk shops, antique postcards and books, sheet music, cracker jack toys, and other objects once treasured, lost and resurrected. By collaging these elements amidst drawings and other media, I create small relationships to arrive at a whole image. Like delicate strands of DNA, these tiny pieces in combination hold the key to unique identity – the common as well as the fantastic.