Working with collage always also means working with the extensive and continuously expanding artist archive of collected printed matter. Physical libraries present visual histories, contexts and knowledge, and only by combining the various strands of information can we create new insight or perspective.
More than any other work group, the collage pieces have a claim towards something approaching conventional beauty in terms of style as much as content. There are manifold references to classical Western and Eastern philosophy and mythology and a literal enjoyment of pictorial aesthetics of photography and composition. Whilst most of Kleinfeld’s work is utterly engaged with urgent social critique and political commentary that almost understands itself as a form of artistic activism, the collages celebrate human and natural life, spirit, history and complexity in the way it has been captured by artists of the last century. Their transformational power lies in combining different sources on one picture plane to have them communicate ancient codes and insightful metaphors of human endeavour and futility, as well as allegorise the relationship of man to nature and himself.