Morgan Lappin: Collage Artist and Brooklyn Artist Collective Founder


In 2007 while working with a friend at his Silk Screen Studio, Morgan Lappin first started making collages to use as T-Shirt designs.

"Once I realised people where giving more attention to the original collages than the shirts I was immediately inspired to take on collage as a passion and ultimately an OCD. I started off and still mostly stick mostly to using encyclopedia's. I became obsessed with World Book Encyclopedias which I used to flip through religiously when my parents would visit my Grandma Dora in Queens, NY. I've never really took any art classes in school so I never had any artist influences. It was more of a thrill of creating my own reality through collage that kept me going. I spend 90% of my art time collecting, cutting, and cataloging images and 10% of the time making the collages. I have a file system with over 100 categories and hundreds of pre cut images. Cutting, collecting, and organizing these images is has become somewhat of an OCD, a way meditation, yet somehow at the same time a source of stress because I am constantly misplacing things. All of this plays a roll when making collage. My method of madness includes my xacto knife and tape, I no longer use glue as I find it constricting. Tape allows a piece to continue to evolve.

I have many different styles I use when making collage and this can change like the wind. Some themes that I use are groupage collages, character collages, 3D Cup Collages, human hair collages, and i'm sure i'll have more to add to that list at some point. Too many ideas, to little time. Especially since my true passion is making and recording music, it seems it will take me 2 more life times to get everything done. In December of 2013 I started the Brooklyn Collage Collective which It's something i'm very proud of and never thought it would get as big as it is today. We showed in Australia this year and helped to begin a collage collective over there. This year we have a show in the UK and other shows throughout the year in NYC with a book in the works."