Not to drop names, I love the dense writing and intense pictures I find in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Audubon. I read, stack, and re-read issues for months.
When the stack grows I donate the magazines to libraries and education programs in order to get them into the hands of another person. Then so do a lot of people, to that extent there is a glut and I am sent packing my “donations” back home.
Not deterred I plug into some sweet Jazz for the next act: selecting graphics, then cutting, tearing, most gently excising the pictures from the publications– a grapho-ectomy operation.
It’s a great-circle of graphics re-born from magazines to shoe-boxes to collage to someone’s home, back in the hands of another person.
Potential takes work and going all the way with an idea. Seeing the potential is to transform the ephemeral into ephemera.