Combining the printed element of collage with the three dimensionality of assemblage, Kroll’s inventive layering of imagery culled from a wide array of antique books is an entirely new approach to found imagery.


Assemblage is one of the “bridging concepts” that connect various artistic disciplines while retaining their specificity. While Kroll’s source material is gleaned from a multiplicity of texts, including old encyclopedias, medical texts, children’s books, popular science, technical manuals, paper dolls and old photographs, the careful juxtaposition of imagery transforms the presupposed chaos of subjects into cohesive compositions that re-imagine patterns in nature and investigate the neurotic processes of humankind.


Beyond the diverse assortment of inspirations, Kroll’s complex works focus on the source material itself and the history of those objects. Deconstructed and then reconstructed, individually cut imagery each possesses its own unique history, having passed through many hands before being re-contextualized by Kroll. Serving as the canvas for these intricately cut-out assemblages, aged paper found in old books and book covers.


An international showcased collage artist, Kroll obtained her Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Illinois in 1990 and received a Masters of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. Her collages have appeared in various publications such as Anatomy Rocks: Flesh and Bones in Contemporary Art, The Intricacies of the Heart and It's Chambers: The Collage of Hope Kroll and Masters Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists. Kroll's work has been acquired by the Nora Eccles Museum of Art and the California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa.