Every image on every magazine page can be an ingredient in Jacob Intilé's uncanny collages
He keeps magazine images the way you'd keep family photos — until he has the chance to transform them
This video is part of our new series Paper Cuts, in which you get to be hypnotized by artists doing incredible things with paper, scissors, glue sticks and X-Acto knives.
You'll recognize the photo albums in Jacob Intilé's studio. Lots of people have them — the kind with the cardboard pages inside covered by plastic that sticks uncomfortably; over time, everything starts to yellow and decay. They're usually crammed with old family photos or yearbook pics. But in Intilé's world, the same albums are carefully arranged page by page with cutouts of vegetal tendrils; pictures of hands; geometric pieces of constellations, animal bones, birds.
These aren't the trappings of an image hoarder. Rather, they're a necessary organizational system for Intilé, who flips through and selects the tiny pieces that make up his surreal collages. When we first saw them on his Instagram, we were blown away by the entire worlds hidden in the face of a fox or the skeleton riding atop the head of an owl. So filmmaker Daniel Lins da Silva caught up with him in his studio in Vancouver — and now, you get to watch him at work as he creates a new collage from his archive of images.
Bringing something out that I haven't seen in a couple years, it gives me a good feeling because it's almost like I feel the emotions — I know where I was at that time.- Jacob Intilé