In this series of work, Alisha Wormsley uses theories of collage to create modern imagery that fuses both folklore tradition and popular culture. Each image (and its title) toys with cultural nostalgia, layering inner and outer realities to construct a story examining issues of gender, class, race and time. By creating one image through a collage making process, Wormsley provides the viewer with disparate images. This disparity requires the viewer to reinterpret the subjects, objects and their implied symbolism. Wormsley’s process begins with a black “canvas.” Then she finds subjects and cloths them, using vibrant colors or blacks and whites, leveraging tonality as a variable in the story-telling. Often the subjects wear clothes that hint at a specific era or culture that may or may not suit the model or settings to further disorient the viewer and set the framework for each story. The backdrop and props are selected to enhance composition as well as to challenge the viewer’s perceptions. Often the result is an eerie quality amidst a beautiful aesthetic meant to challenge the viewer’s assumptions about what is truth and what is photo-fiction...