This collage artist elevates paper to fine art.
In Stephen Eichhorn’s airy Logan Square studio, you may stumble across vintage Japanese house-plant books or drawers completely full of tiny paper mushroom cutouts—all tools of the trade. After getting his BFA in Sculpture and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he felt himself drawn to collage, finding that it honed some of the same aesthetic skills as drawing. The painstaking cutting work doesn’t get tedious, he says: “It’s meditation.”
Between recent exhibits at the Blackstone Hotel and the James Hotel, an upcoming exhibit at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and his debut art book, Cats & Plants ($45, Zioxla), which came out in June, Eichhorn may need a break from flowers. For now, he’s going back to his drawing roots. “I’ll see where that leads,” he says. “I also have to figure out what to do with six years’ worth of mushroom cutouts.”