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Piecing Together the Puzzle with Collage Artist Beth Hoeckel

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Beth Hoeckel (@bethhoeckel) can’t remember a time when she wasn’t making art. Photography, painting, drawing — she did it all. Combine that talent with a near-complete collection of National Geographic magazines from the 1940s through the 1970s, not to mention a habit of scouring flea markets for old books, and it happened naturally that the Baltimore native started piecing different media together into collage. “I’ll peruse books and magazines and tear out things that I’m drawn to,” says Beth, on how she begins a piece. “It’s a meditative process. I’ll lay all the pieces I’ve cut out all over my studio and start putting it together, kind of like a puzzle.” From there, Beth constructs the entire collage by hand using archival-quality paste. “Sometimes things will come together really easily, and sometimes nothing works,” she says. “It’s just really intuitive. I don’t force it. I can feel when something is right.”

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