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Scarecrow by John Stezaker

Scarecrow by John Stezaker

Film stills are often used by Stezaker as material for his collages. In Scarecrow he assembles sections of many different photographs to create a scene incorporating numerous people - groups and individuals - apparently watching a performance in what seems to be the back of a derelict building. The centre of attention is a skipping man onto whom the head of an effigy (presumably a scarecrow) has been superimposed, as well as onto one of the dressmaker’s dummies on the right. This ambivalent scene evokes a wealth of possible associations and interpretations.