The 8 x 10” camera, used with Polaroid rapid-developing equipment, for re-photographing collages. These “small scale collages” are used in interviews to diminsh reliance upon the original collage as well as for scanning into the computer to make collage diagrams linking image and speech.


“The whole future of psychlogy is bound up with that of linguistic study, with our deepening grasp of man’s unique speech status.…

But it would be surprising if an exclusively verbal approach could prove adequate to the communicative energies of the psyche, particularly the psyche in some partial state of lesion.”

—George Steiner

“The Langauge Animal,” 1969/76

“The mind is dealing with the world but is always working on itself. The mind takes materials from the world…”

—Robert Jay Lifton
“Symbolization and Fiction-Making,” 1974

“Collage offers an opportunity for accelerated insight into what happens to us in our reality.”

—Franz Mon

Prinzip Collage, 1968


“ Within the collage system all of the other perceptual données are treamsuted into the absent objects of a group of signs.…

[The] impersonal operations of language … are the subject of collage.…

The extraordinary contribution of collage is that it is the first instance within the pictorial arts of anything like a systematic exploration of the conditions of representability entailed by the sign… What is systematized in collage is … the very system of form.”

— Rosalind Krauss
“In the Name of Picasso,” 1981


“One could, therefore, say that the human being is an effect of the signifier rather than its cause. Insertion into the symbolic world is a mimesis, a collage. It fashions a being of ‘representation’ for us.”

— Anika Lemaire
Jacques Lacan, 1970 / 77


The role of body and of technology in the collage process is that of promoting, not of by-passing, symbolization. By instituting an appropriate tool, the method seeks to support the formulation of feeling in its trajectory from incipience in the impulse, to binding in the image, to stratification in the sign, and to expression in non-dissociated discursive thought. In this project, the Collage Method is both an elaborate metaphor, imaginatively graspable by the collage-maker, and an enactive model, physically unfolded by him or her, which permits the clinical engagement of preverbal processes during the delicate passage between the rise of inchoate bodily feeling and communication in articulate, audible speech. The use of a concrete perceptual process as a tool to support symbolic transformation corresponds developmentally both to the interplay of image and word during the initial acquisition of language, and to the structural re-elevation of already-acquired symbolic capabilities at the Oedipal (and, quite probably, at all fundamental) developmental moment(s).