Vahge’s collages of elegant ladies placed in fantastical tableaux are wonderfully fresh pictures, a commingling of dreams, literature, music, theatre and classic portraiture underpinned by german expressionism and victorian culture.
What’s so exciting about these portraits is that Vahge sees them as characters, talks to them, gives them a story, a narrative, a life that imbues each construction with a vitality and a vulnerability. As she has says herself:
Women are strange creatures, they have a unique strength, fragility, beauty, ugliness, insanity, and complexity that is irresistible and intriguing. It feels natural for me to experiment with elements of fantasy on the female form in the characters of my work.
Storytelling is an integral part of Vahges process, each collage made from magazines, greeting cards, books and dolls that allude to the life of her characters, each fragment a window into a past that is rich and beautiful, romantic and whimsical. They are a celebration of oddity and elegance.