Al Souza’s cut paper and assemblage works reconfigure familiar items into abstract or surreal compositions that often convey a Pop sensibility. In his early work Souza created what he called “photoworks”, small dioramas composed of photographs and related items mounted in wooden boxes; these pieces explored issues of perception and authenticity, and questioned the camera’s capacity to represent reality. More recently, Souza has produced what he calls “paintings”, dizzying, vibrant compositions in which he assembles and glues together thousands of related and unrelated parts of jigsaw puzzles salvaged from thrift stores and garage sales. Common subjects include brightly colored plants and organic matter, buildings, and painting supplies. Souza’s work has been compared to that of Robert Rauschenberg.