Many moons ago while I was studying art in college, I was introduced to the collage works of Nadine Boughton, an artist originally hailing from Rochester, New York who creates photocollage pieces out of vintage men’s adventure magazines. Boughton has exhibited her work in galleries all over the country, and is currently based out of Gloucester, Massachusetts where she teaches photography, collage, and creative writing.
“When I recently discovered men’s adventure magazines of the 1950’s and early 1960’s at a flea market, I found them shocking, funny, ambiguously rich artifacts of popular culture. Seeing them as narratives from the collective psyche, I wondered how they would speak in an environment of orderly homes with sunny patios depicted in women’s magazines of the same era. This portfolio reveals a collision of two worlds: men’s adventure magazines or ‘sweats’ meets Better Homes and Gardens.
These photocollages are set against the backdrop of the McCarthy era, advertising, sexual repression, WWII and the Korean War. The cool, insular world of mid-century modern living glossed over all darkness, which the heroic male fought off in every corner.
My intention is to show how the inner psyche reflects the culture at large. I am drawn to the tension of opposites: inner and outer spaces, wildness and domesticity, the sweat and the cool.
With a background in psychology, I am always interested in what lies beneath appearances. The predator theme so present in the ‘true’ adventures led me to explore ‘who’ or ‘what’ is breaking through. Whether the metaphor is that of bats or whales, this ‘other’ carries not only our deepest fears but our deepest desires. We meet ourselves.”