Based in Philadelphia, Alex Eckman-Lawn is an artist who allegedly â€ślives in the gutter and sleeps in the sewer.â€ť And when heâ€™s not burning his name into the ground and trying to take down the sun, heâ€™s creating fascinating 3D collages. Like dissected books, each collage is an excavated visual narrative, exposing the story and themes that lie behind the cover. Some of his work explores his â€śfear of the body,â€ť and how the body cages us; hence, the collage images often resonate with death, alienation, and claustrophobia. I canâ€™t help but to think of Nietzscheâ€™s observation of how when you gaze into the abyss, “the abyss will also gaze into theeâ€ť; there is a sense that something is looking back from the deepest layer. Such mental rabbit holesâ€”like the ones that Eckman-Lawn has carved out of paperâ€”often lead to enlightening, humorous, and/or terrifying revelations about the nature of existence, so visit hisÂ Instagram for more.
Images Â© Alex Eckman-Lawn