Humor me for a minute and imagine our brains are this Art Machine of sorts. The way the Art Machine works, our eyes take in images all day long whether we like it or not. We are constantly bombarded with data and imagery; advertising, news reports, personal experiences, movies, TV, Magazines... Then your brain takes the information received and makes a decision; is this info important to me? Is this superfluous? Either way we, the consumers that we are, digest these images/information. Then when we sit down to draw or paint or create a sculpture, we are now creating based on what we know because there is no other way to create. We cannot create something that we do not know. Try as we might to make something completely original, we are tapping into the images in our heads and re-configuring them to form something "new."
When looking at mixed media pieces, imagine the work to be the bi-product of the Art Machine exercise. The most direct route to a new contemporary image is to immerse one's self in general current pop imagery (such as from a magazine), consuming images and articles, consciously and unconsciously, then cutting out parts of graphics and clothing and faces and animals and establish a new form of logic. This new logic can be a clear narrative but it doesn't have to. The narrative is subject to the perspective of the viewer. One sees what one wants to see.