Vanessa Woods’s collages utilize subversive associations to re-imagine and re-contextualize contemporary and historical narratives. The material for her collages comes from a broad range of sources including art history books, photo books, vintage/contemporary magazines, found paper ephemera, etc. In each piece she creates, the original image is decontextualized through the act of cutting and it’s meaning re-contextualized through new associations. For example, the draped red fabric in Rubens’s Venus and Adonis might become a bundled head on the body of an ancient Aegean sculpture. By imposing new meanings onto visual material intended for mass consumption, collage provides a means to examine and critique our image-saturated world. In her current body of work, titled Emic/Etic, invented idols, imagined rituals, and reconfigured symbols serve to create new mythologies that collapse internal (emic) and external (etic) orders of classification.