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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between my cultural inheritance and its impact on my work as a visual artist. Questions in the work related to language and geography are tied to my lived experience. These themes led me to explore the contemporary context of German clubs in the United States. I found the art process of collage – cutting and pasting to rearrange parts on a surface – to be an apt visual for the position of the German clubs today, arriving at the term ‘collaged culture’. Similarities between visual art and life reveal that both carry histories. By investigating the relationships between these, we can better perceive the current state of the work of art.

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Larissa Mellor, Artist, Brooklyn, NY. E-mail: larissamellor@gmail.com

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

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