Beagle Boys vs Uncle Scrouge
10 1/8 x 6 5/8 in.
The Disney comic book of Beagle Boys vs. Uncle Scrooge was my first departure from photo-journalism into working with existing imagery and collage. Using a surgeon’s blade, I meticulously removed the background in every scene of the cartoon, dissecting the figures from the background. Such painstaking endeavors to cut away the colored background require concentration and many tedious hours of cutting. With the figures now floating in space, the underlying layers of imagery act as a default backdrop. The synthesis of the upper and lower pages is constantly shifting, unlike a photograph, which collapses space and is fixed. Turning the pages creates arbitrary scenes and shadows that interact with the remaining figures in a continuous reanimation of the formerly static images.