Fellow Brooklyn based collagist Arturo Medrano invited me to join the world wide collage blog hop. I’ll be answering a few questions about my work, then passing those same questions off to 3 other excellent collage artists to answer and post on their sites next Monday.
Artists I chose:
Gemma a.k.a. Espacios-parentesis (France)
Jay Riggio (US)
Tinca Veerman (NL)
What am I working on?
Currently I’m working on some new pieces I’ll be showing at an upcoming group show here in NY with the Brooklyn Collage Collective. Have also begun to work in a larger scale, which is always a challenge since most of my source material is pretty small scale. I continue to crank out the animated gifs, they give my work a second life. And as always, strange music on the side. About 2 albums worth of new sound material.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I prefer now to use as few elements as possible, only the right combination. And I always intend for there to be a story or mood involved, something clever. I’d say my work is different in that I work hard to leave the page empty, which can be just as difficult as filling every space. Mine are disciplined collages concerned more with choice over skill. A curation of paper pieces.
But then again, most has already been done and I think it’s more important to stick within a formula than try too hard to be different. Good collage is like good design.
Why do I create what I do?
It gives me an outlet from my more commercial graphic design work. It’s important for me to constantly create and keep my work in flux. Collage is very immediate and economic, I’m essentially making art out of waste. And going back to Dada and the Surrealists, collage is my favorite art form other than film and sound.
How does your creating process work?
For the most part it is always improvised. I may have a loose idea or feeling of what I want the collage to look like. I look through my books and magazines for pieces I can use, I save a lot for future use as well. Sometimes I might cut out about 50 pieces but only end up using 2. It is all pretty quick, generally if I sit with a piece for more than a few days I will often scrap it and start over. Once I’m done with a piece, I scan it and send it off into the world.