Mitzi Bernard, Paper Collage 

Hello, my name is Mitzi Bernard.  Thank you for looking at my art!!  I am a closet collage artist working primarily with 70's and 80's Playboy Magazine cutouts. I incorporate other paper and acrylic paint in the pieces as well.  My art speaks to the strength and power of women, their incredible beauty and society's value judgements.

My art would definitely be considered "outsider" art.  It's not what one would normally think of when talking fine art, yet that's exactly the point of my art and that's to find beauty in places we may have "judged" differently, whether it be my different kind of art, or our judgements of others, particularly women. 

 

Each piece is uniquely its own with its own message containing hundreds of tiny little paper cutouts with each glued on individually. I love the flow and beauty of the female shape.  Each work takes me over 200 hours to complete with Playboy Stanley taking over two years! From afar each work looks like a painting.  It's only when you get up close and see the detail that you're shocked to discover that it's not paint at all but Playboy magazine cutouts.  Also, hidden within each work are smaller messages and surprise pictures of well-known people from the era of the Playboy Magazines.

 

Each work is then photographed with a high resolution digital camera and reproduced into the highest of archival quality canvas and paper giclées.  The color, sharpness and detail are matched to the originals precisely and then offered in different sizes to better match peoples' wall spaces and pocketbooks.