Using magazine pages (material contemporaneous to our lives, or even from before our time) allows for meta-appropriation of the mediated-ness of our lives. There's also a recycling aspect to the work, which alleviates artist scarcity mentality, as recycled magazines are still easy to come by.
This method of collage has always been a part of my creative process. It lends itself to conveying metaphor and identity very well. Torn pieces of magazine and colored papers can come together in this method to portray a more specific version of a subject--which can welcome clues, personal details, secrets, hidden images and/or text that illuminate understanding of the subject.
I've recently had the honor of sharing the technique with more students around the world. Below are snippets from various projects.
"Su Favorita," 9x9 inches, torn paper collage on board, 2022.
"Untitled," 18x24 inches, torn paper collage, 2009. Sold.
"Untitled," 18x24 inches, torn paper collage, 2009.