Alexis Anne Mackenzie started making collages in a visual journal she kept in high school. She went on to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and now lives and works in San Francisco. "My general intent, throughout all my work," she says, "is to portray the world as a flawed thing of beauty - a place that shines brightly, but has a dark side to match."
Interviewed in ArtblogSF, Mackenzie explains where she finds her source material: "I spend a lot of time in bookstores.... When I go book-shopping I rarely have a specific thing I'm looking for, since specific things are nearly impossible to find, so it's completely serendipitous. I may have a general idea of the type of element I need but it's a very make-do process. When I came to SF from Boston I shipped seven boxes of books and I've acquired much more since, so I really have a pretty good library going. Some of it is not for cutting, however.... It can be a tough call sometimes, whether or not to destroy one thing in order to create another. I never use copies.... Always cut directly from the source.
"One of the trickiest things to learn has been that the higher the quality of the source material, the higher the quality of the final creation. This may seem obvious but it was a long road of becoming accustomed to cutting books up and feeling technically able to do the thing justice by taking it apart, and not just being destructive. So yeah...it's basically an ongoing treasure hunt."