Sacha Baumann is an artist and designer living and working in Los Angeles.

Treasure for Day 7 #100DaysStudioObj

Treasure for Day 7 #100DaysStudioObj

This issue of FROLIC is the beginning of many happy years of cutting out old images of nearly nude women. It's the magazine that started my slow burning obsession with creating collages with vintage porn. I have what remains of its pages memorized. I know eventually there will be very little left of it.

Using original material in collages can be a stressful act—especially if the material is old and likely cannot be found again. I know that if I really want to find that particular image of Kate Moss from the 1998 issue of W Magazine I love so much, that I can most likely order it from Conde Nast or find it on Ebay. But a 1952 issue of SCAMP or FROLIC, not so much.

If I am dissatisfied with the outcome of a piece of artwork that uses vintage material...well, that is it. But not really. I can rework the piece, begin again, move on.

I try not to give the material too much emotional value that I feel overly inhibited to using it. But this is difficult. Cutting or tearing original material is scary. Gluing the pieces down is scary. For me being an artist is often about overcoming fear.

Looking now at the cover of this FROLIC gives me joy, just as it did when I first got it years ago. This little magazine is full of possibilities.

Sticking to it for Day 8 #100DaysStudioObj

Sticking to it for Day 8 #100DaysStudioObj

Reuse and utility on Day 6 #100DaysStudioObj

Reuse and utility on Day 6 #100DaysStudioObj