May 2008 Archives

Patrick Beser - Notpaper

Patrick Beser


I think Patrick's work is fantastic and original. I particularly like his dedication to/inspiration from moleskines, and the work in his reporter style moleskine is very unique in layout and style.

Name (Real or Screename): Patrick Beser
URL (Blog, Website): wizzninetynine.de/ [portfolio], tumblr.wizzninetynine.de/ [blog].
Location (Where are you from?): Berlin, Germany

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Urban trash porn.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Magazines, tape, acrylic paint, copic pens.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been doing this since 2004. I started creating collages when I first heard of the idea of gluebooking (collages in moleskine books).


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work as a screen designer and web developer.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: At least not in the sense of gluebooking.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: My current favorite technique is taping. You need some duct tape, stick it on a page in a magazine and strip it off again. The result depends on the tape, the print color and the paper of the magazine. What you get is a very abstract mixture of translucent colors and forms that can be combined again in your moleskine.


Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I haven't got a real favorite piece ever created. But I'd say that these two collages are some of my best. Both were created in 2006.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Sebastian Waters, Laura Serra, Thomas Schostok, Jakob Printzlau.

Thanks Patrick!

Nicolas di Filippo - Notpaper

Nicolas di Filippo


This artist's work has that dirty grunge look that has obvious characteristics of much of the collage work from Argentina, a style that I can't help but love. However, his new works have a different kind of graphic black and white machine style.

Name (Real or Screename): Arena or Nime, Nicolas di Filippo
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/arenadg, www.nimedg.com.ar
Location (Where are you from?): Argentina

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Simple, just being free to do what I want.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: As a graphic designer, every corner of graphics.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: 5 years approximately; my studies.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Both, I work as a graphic designer.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Graphic Design career.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Collage. Mixed media. Every technique is valid.


Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don't have one. I never finish them. I just drop them out.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Picasso, Monet, Toulouse Lautrec and much more.

Thanks Nime!

Ginette Couture - Notpaper

Ginette Couture


I posted about Guylaine Couture a little while back, and now, I have the pleasure of featuring her sister as well! Coming from a talented family, Ginette got her inspiration from the 6x6 collages group (posted about here) started by her sister. She has excellent creativity and I love the graphic nature of her work that comes with text and torn images.

Name (Real or Screename): gicouture, Ginette Couture

URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/photos/gicouture/
Location (Where are you from?): Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.



Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.

A: Fun, composition, intuition, textures, expression, color, small size.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs,
vintage)? Be specific!

A: I mostly like using text, all kinds, all sizes, for the visual graphic & textures, colors and I always prefer to tear up the paper for the white sensitive effect with the lines and the irregular boards.


Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made
you start?

A: Since 2006. I began by creating one collage a day, small (5 inches square) at evening after work to liberate my brain. After a while I participated in an exchange with the 6 X 6 collage project on Flickr with my sister and I am still participating with others members and still working my art almost every day.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another 
profession? 

A: I am a high school art teacher, and member of a professional artists group named Créatio.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?

A: I went to university, and many other art institutions—visual art is very present in our family. My dad was an architect and painter, so I was always surrounded by an artistic atmosphere.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I don’t have favourite techniques, but I need a specific environment. I need to work in a clean area. I don’t have a real studio but a small room where I create. No place for mess! If there is chaos in the place, it is also the same in my brain and nothing good will emerge. And I benefit from working in small sizes (4, 5 or 6 inch squares) because that way I have to concentrate on the “composition” of a piece more often and I love working on this part. And no need for a big stockroom!



Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.

A: I really like my small way of creating, and I have fun doing it. But to name one piece: I would say my first oil painting at 6 years old with my dad. The piece confirms for me my way of life!


Q: What other artists do you admire?

A: When I’m surfing on the web I’m so surprised and amazed of all we can discover each day. There are so many people out there doing great art pieces. I really love the work of the Canadian artist Betty Goodwin.

Thanks Ginette!

Amy Alice Thompson - Notpaper

Amy Alice Thompson


I found out about Amy through Design*Sponge, and I am glad I did! Her work is girly and gorgeous—textured surfaces and little birds are featured in her works. I have given just a little preview of her work, because there is not an extensive amount of it on her website. But you can download a 10 page pdf of her work here.

Name (Real or Screename): Amy Thompson
URL (Blog, Website): www.amyalice.com, amyalice.blogspot.com
Location (Where are you from?): Ottawa, Canada

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Whimsical, playful, pensive and provocative.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I will use a variety of sources but mainly use vintage images from reference books, encyclopedias and mail order catalogues. I tend to gravitate to images from the 40's and 50's as they have such a innocent feel. I love working with any type of paper, graph paper, Japanese origami paper. I aso work on top of the collage with graphite, charcoal, paint and wax.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I have making work using collage for eight years now!

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work as a Art Director doing graphic design for a magazine publishing company.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I went to school at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. I took drawing and painting.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I really enjoying using layers of paper with mylar on top, it gives a soft magical feeling to the work and the tooth of the mylar works so well with paint, charcoal and graphite (if you can keep it from smudging everywhere!)

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Right now I'd say my favourite piece is "The Fox." Its a pastoral scene with a fox near a brook. It reminds me of my childhood imagination which is something I'm always trying to capture in my work.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: My current favourite artists are Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, Margaret Kilgallen, Shary Boyle just to name a few.

Thanks Amy!

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subscribers

Yay! We've got 13 subscribers (to Google Reader and Bloglines) and counting. (I have fixed the way the posts look in aggregators now). Thank you for reading! It's probably time for a better hosting service, so if anyone knows a good one, please let me know. And that redesign is coming soon...

Just thought I'd give you an update!

Mayuko Fujino - Notpaper

Mayuko Fujino


Today, on this special day (of post 100), I would like to show you the amazing skill and craftsmanship that goes into every one of Mayuko's paper cutouts/collages. Her keen attention to detail and knowledge of texture makes her work stunning—so stunning that it is almost hard to believe that it is really paper. She is an excellent talent, whose patience definitely pays off.

Name (Real or Screename): Mayuko Fujino
URL (Blog, Website): http://cohac.com/m/
Location (Where are you from?): Tokyo, Japan

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Paper cutout with collage. Record of my input and output. Inner-scapes and Outer-scapes.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I collage with magazine paper as palette (so the printed things on it lose their shape and meaning and be broken down into just colors and textures).

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been creating paper cutouts for 8 years, and started collage with it about 3 years ago.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am a godown (warehouse) keeper.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I took a night class in graphic design at a technical school once.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I like working with the constraints of paper cutout and collage. Narrowing the possibilities brings another kind of boundlessness.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I am pleased that the piece Hideous flowers flushed you out has a little bit of a Japanese-classic kind of feeling. It could be seen in the positions of the frog and the bird (contrast of response and motion). This is one of my dream journal, and I succeeded in recreating the atmosphere of the dream.



Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Joseph Yoakum, David Hockney.

Thanks Mayuko!

flickr group: 6x6 collages - Notpaper

flickr group: 6x6 collages


The flickr 6x6 Collages (started by Guylaine Couture and Marie-Chantal Turgeon) group invites all of the members to create and post their collages there. The catch is that the materials used in their six pieces of artwork are not their own, but have been sent to them by another group member.

Members are partnered up internationally, and they send each other 6 sheets of paper (that are 6"x6") and other materials to collage with. The images are then posted to the group!

What I think is really great about this group is that you are creating images that are part of a cohesive set, where one piece flows nicely into the other. Also, throwing you right out of your comfort zone is an excellent strategy for collage artists. Using other people's materials will make it obvious that you do have a particular style, and that whatever you are given will not matter. Here is what some of the group members had to say about being a part of the group:

I love being part of this group. My partner was artist Sofia Barao who lives in France (I'm in Los Angeles) and my favorite parts were: opening up her package and seeing all the great things that she sent; and seeing what Sofia created with the papers and items that I sent her. We didn't know each other at all when we became partners, but now I think of her as a far-away friend.—Shelley

What I like the most about having collage partners is that each time I make a series of 6 collages, I cannot repeat what I did before. Each series are unique because the materials coming from different people every time—Karine

For me this group is like a surprise, something I don't even think of working with and suddenly I have many ideas of what I will do. And working with material we don't choose forces us to do something new. It's a funny challenge each time. And it's also so much fun opening the envelope like a gift!—Ginette

I would like to see something like a three-way partnership, where doubles of the same papers or cutouts are sent to members. It would be exciting to see the differences between the final collages.
Emma Harris - Notpaper

Emma Harris

Emma's work is wonderfully feminine, likely because of the bright colours and women only featured. I feel like I can relate to her magazine-like collages that she lays out in her art journal. Something I would like to see more of is her unique fabric collages with stitched text--truly beautiful.

prettypashmina, Emma Harris
www.flickr.com/photos/prettypashminapics

(I am also hoping to open an Etsy shop soon!)
Hampshire, England

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Quirky, fun, retro, tongue-in-cheek, colourful.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like to work with: my doodles and drawings, magazine pages, brown paper, stickers, ephemera, buttons, transfers / rub-ons, old clothing patterns, washing instruction symbols, ribbons, ric-rac, the list is endless!

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I have always been arty since I was a child, I used to create my own magazines and newspapers when I was around 9 years old! I kept scrapbooks and holiday diaries which I would draw in and stick in tickets, food wrappers, pressed flowers, etc. I used a lot of collage during Art GCSE exams (16 years old) and carried on through my degree and beyond. Recently I have started scrapbooking and art journaling.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am working for a charity supporting homeless people. I am helping to organise art and craft activities. In the future I would like to study Art Therapy.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I have a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Textile Practice.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Though I have studied a variety of techniques my favourite way of working is just to rip up paper and collect random bits and pieces and combine them all together. I don't follow any rules--I just use my instincts. I can spend hours moving things around before I am happy enough to stick things down! I don't have the patience for anything too technical or elaborate which I think is why I love working with paper so much.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I was very pleased with all the work for my final degree show, I made 100 samples and my final pieces were 4 framed prints of collages, 2 canvases and 6 plates with my designs printed on them.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I like Pop Art, particularly Andy Warhol and Peter Blake. I am also inspired by Joseph Cornell and Hannah Hoch. I also love Van Gogh and Rothko for their amazing use of colour. Andy Goldsworthy's work is fabulous too, in a way he makes 'collages' of a sort with natural materials like leaves and rocks.

Thanks Emma!

Jonas Fechner - Notpaper

Jonas Fechner

Jonas has an excellent understanding of graphic elements which shows with the text and contrast in his work. I love the method he uses with tape (which I have tried and enjoyed), and also the fact that in his moleskine he leaves full pages blank! It's very effective.

Name (Real or Screename): Jonas Fechner
URL (Blog, Website): jonasfechner.de [commercial], flickr.com/photos/jonasfechner [personal].
Location (Where are you from?): near Würzburg (BAV), Germany

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Change.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I use cutouts from magazines and newspapers, as well as found paper-stuff like cards and envelopes, sticky tape, sand paper (…).

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started a few years ago. I'm not sure what actually "made me start." There was a gluebook-project (by Patrick Beser and Sebastian Waters I think) called Logbuch. That could be one of the things that set the ball rolling.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work freelance as a designer and I'm going to start studying communication design in october 2008. That'll be great!

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Even if I don't use it that often anymore, transfering pictures/type with a sticky tape can build up nice layer-effects and transparency. Johanna, a friend of mine, told me about this technique. You choose a spot to be transferred, cover it with sticky tape and rub off the paper under water. The printing ink remains on the tape.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: That's hard. I guess it's either she is or 316.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I don't think I admire any other artists. There are many of them creating beautiful, inspiring and remarkable things. Flickr or fffound is a great source of inspiration.

Thanks Jonas!

Darren Luchmun - Notpaper

Darren Luchmun

"The more mess the better really," is a statement I thought surprising for a digital artist to say. Darren's works do have a vintage look—even though the techniques he uses are fairly new—which must be a result of his desire to find old things to make new again. Whatever his personal preferences when it comes to handmade or digital, I feel that he really understands collage from either technical point of view.

Name (Real or Screename): Darren Luchmun
URL (Blog, Website): http://darrenluchmun.deviantart.com/
Location (Where are you from?): England

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Romantic, Random, Poetic, Fun, My thoughts on paper.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I love walking in to charity shops and flicking through old books, magazines, postcards, anything basically that looks old and worn. Every Sunday I go to the local boot sales where I sometimes find really nice postcards and old photos which people don’t want anymore, I love finding new things and random images, I found an old typewriter for £2 which is amazing. I also use my own photography and hand drawn images, but incorporate old textures into the images and layer them up to give it a kind of vintage look.


Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started around 4 years ago, just after I came out of college and had no job, so I just sat at home making images to pass the time.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I’m studying to become a illustrator, so fingers crossed.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I’m studying at the moment to become an Illustrator/Graphic designer, I also studied multi-media in 2002 but that was more to do with TV and film not much art.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I love to experiment and find new ways of image making. The more mess the better really.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: My favorite piece so far is, If No One Can See Us. I like this one because me and a few friends worked on the piece, I love to collaborate with different people and get loads of different styles in one piece.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: The list is endless, at present my favorites would have to be, Nate Williams, THS, Adrian Johnson, Garret Morin and Mike Perry.

Thanks Darren!

many thanks - Notpaper

many thanks

I would just like to say thank you to all the people who have made mentions of notpaper in this last little while, I really appreciate it and would be nowhere without you!

Thanks to:
Liz, Thereza, Michelle, Able, Laura, Liss, Sebastian, Mette and Karline.

Sebastian Waters - Notpaper

Sebastian Waters

Sebastian describes his work as trashy, and it is so in the best possible way. It was difficult for me to choose my favourites from his pretty large body of work... I love the use of typography in his gluebooks, and I am inspired by his collaborations with other artists, particularly Laura Serra (previously interviewed here)!

Name (Real or Screename): Sebastian Waters
URL (Blog, Website): www.zehnuhr.de [portfolio], www.sebastianwaters.com [blog], www.flickr.com/photos/xenorzehnuhr/ [flickr]
Location (Where are you from?): Berlin, Germany

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: (Trashy) collages in gluebooks, artworks, modern neo-dadaism.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I work with snippets and cutouts from different magazines and newspapers, made those collages with acryl colors, glue and love in my moleskine sketchbooks.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started creating collages in spring 2006. I got inspired by different kinds of things, like photos and other artworks from different artists or just by things I saw or experienced.


Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Next to my freetime hobby of creating collages I study interface design at a university here in Berlin and work as a photographer.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No, I create those collages to convey feelings and sometimes with some kind of layout I have in my mind.


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Cutting, tearing and glueing. So, basically that's it.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: A lot of different artists, photographers and everyone who creates or does something that inspires me and my work.

Thanks Sebastian!

Sacred-dontknowwhat - Notpaper

Sacred-dontknowwhat

Sonia is the first collage artist interviewed that works solely on the computer; and since a lot of us are graphic designers I would like to cover both kinds of artists. Her digital collage is beautiful, particularly the ones with bright spots of colour and backgrounds full of blank space.

Name (Real or Screename): Sonia, sacred-dontknowwhat
URL (Blog, Website): http://sacred-dontknowwhat.deviantart.com/
Location (Where are you from?): Warsaw, Poland

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: You can't say aloud what's bothering you? Make a wallpaper.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Photographs.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Almost two years. In July I always loved having something interesting on my desktop and also always wanted to be part of this great artistic world, to make other people's desktops beautiful. One day, by accident, I found a tutorial and decided to give it a try. Well... that's how it all started.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm still in high school, Photoshop is just my passion. But still, making art is the best thing that has happened to me in my life.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No. But I'm thinking of studying art in the future.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Depends on my mood. An ispirating quote or image is my base. Then I let my imagination work. No technique in particular.


Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Every each of them was made with love, but if I had to choose, I guess my favourite would be poco a poco se pierde, because it shows the effect of how music can work on me.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: You guys are all great, but the most important to me are: Loleia, because her works were my first inspiration, Nadine and Makani. And, I believe, many many more to come:)

Thanks Sonia!

robert rauschenberg (1925–2008) - Notpaper

robert rauschenberg (1925–2008)

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I have yet to mention that Robert Rauschenberg, and influence to us all, passed away on Monday of last week. So here is a little send off... And if you haven't yet heard of his artwork, you should definitely take a look!

"I think collage itself, and the activity of making collage, is the most direct way that you can relate diverse elements rather than their going through the transition of a translation."—Robert Rauschenberg (22 Oct 1925 – 12 May 2008)
Katie Gierczynska - Notpaper

Katie Gierczynska

Here is a nice bit to read after the tiny break, Katie's work is based on lofty ideas and some pieces have a political tinge. She has an amazing concept of placement in her handmade and digital collages. She firmly opposes being taught "art" as a technique, and she has reason to—her art is excellent as it is.

Name (Real or Screename): Katie Gierczynska
URL (Blog, Website): http://www.damour.deviantart.com/ [website with ALL work coming soon]
Location (Where are you from?): Chicago, Illinois

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Witches moaning. Babies falling out of the womb still-born?

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Years ago, my grandmother gave me a large amount of vintage magazines. Most of them focus on scientific development or miracle beauty products. I mainly enjoy working with that type of stuff—old articles, old faces/places. I also have a number of thrifted books that I like to use. I'm really big into newspapers as well, and used to have a 7-foot stack of Chicago Tribunes harboring in the corner of my room before I realized that they have the potential of becoming a breeding ground for silverfish. Right now I enjoy incorporating other media forms into my collages, such as small objects.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started at age 13, so I've been collaging for almost 6 years now. I used to cut out limbs from fashion magazines and glue them down on pictures in my school-books. Then I found myself cutting up my History book and creating collages with it. You can say I began this art form on a whim.



Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I actually favour writing over anything else, however, my full dedication resides in the arts—whether it be collaging, sculpture, painting, or photography. My writing always stems from the visual, whether it be mere observation, or inspiration from a piece of art or another artist. I'm also guilty of being nerdy about holography and psychology. My future profession belongs to teaching writing and literature.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: At age 18, not yet. I've taken some experimental art classes and workshops, however, I'm not a very big fan of "formal art training." I believe art is something of your own teaching—there is no right or wrong way to create, therefore there is no need to be "trained."

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I enjoy compulsive layering! I rarely ever plan my collages. I usually just cut and paste and see what comes out, unless I focus on a specific subject.


Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: That would probably be the piece that I am constantly slaving away on in my father's basement. There is this awkward, perfectly square, high-leveled little room with a brick floor. In this room there is a tiny vent window that rarely sheds light in the day time. One day, I discovered a swarm of dead ladybugs on the sill and pondered their existence. It turns out that during the spring and summer seasons, flocks of these little red ladies fly into the vent from the outside and squirm around awaiting death.

The scenario inspired me to create an environment for this morbid ritual, by turning the walls into a giant collage. I hung red velvet curtains in the doorway to shield it off from the rest of the basement. After 2 months, I finished my first layer of the collage, which serves as the landscape of the atmosphere. The landscape presents different locations connected through the use of colour schemes. For example, in one area of the wall, there is a plot of woodland. I made the trees out of actual bark and branches, and used food seasoning for the leaves. The entirety of the room is made to look like a traveling circus show.

Currently I am working on the second layer of the collage which consists of animals, people, and animal-people. They represent spectators "going to witness the ladybugs." The third layer will be the ceiling, which will be mostly astronomy and lighting based. I've been working on this piece for about 7 months, and I think that's why it is my favourite. I favour it is because it uses a range of mixed media. Usually my collages are paper based, but this piece is like collage and sculpture intertwined.


Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Egon Schiele, Eduardo Recife, Robert Rauschenberg, and a variety of French painters, photographers, and film-makers.

Thanks Katie!

and we're back. - Notpaper

and we're back.

Please excuse my lack of posts on the weekend, I am more busy on the weekends than I am on the weekdays for some crazy reason. We are still setting up our new apartment so yesterday was filled with furniture shopping. Today, more errands. I will make it up to you by giving you some awesome posts this week... I am sure you will all be very pleased. Maybe multiple posts per day? We'll see!

PS. If anyone is interested, I will post the pictures of our finished apartment (including our office/studio where all of the creating happens!). Though I'm sure it won't be for a while...

Stay tuned later tonight for Katie Gierczynska, also known as damour.

Marcelo Granero - Notpaper

Marcelo Granero

Marcelo's work has a real designer's look to it, which isn't surprising since he is already a design student. I love the order and disorder in his work, the juxtaposition of images mixed with lines and grids.

Name (Real or Screename): Marcelo Granero, nervousbreakdown
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/nervous-b, nervous-b.deviantart.com/
Location (Where are you from?): Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Meaningless, punk, trashy, and direct.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I usually use old magazines or books, also papers and textures that I find on the street.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started around 2006. Originally I started drawing, but later I began to mix the drawings with pictures and different kind of textures, and that drove me to collage.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm a graphic design student.


Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I've been studying graphic design for 2 years now on the University of Buenos Aires.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I like to experiment with different kinds of papers, textures, pictures and just about anything I find interesting to work with. I love to mix everything. And it's essential to do the work with my hands, I try to not use the computer at all.


Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: This is so hard to answer...I don't know, I like to think that every piece I make is unique. I do have ones that l love more than others, but i'ts hard to pick only one.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eduardo Recife, Winston Smith, and so many more...

Thanks Marcelo!

Curbsidetreasure - Notpaper

Curbsidetreasure


Annie has already accumulated an amazing volume of work in 5 years, and you can tell she is very attached to her artwork. She uses so many techniques, so many different materials, it's surprising that you can still categorize her work in just one style. Still, her work is easily identifiable as her own.

Name (Real or Screename): Annie, curbsidetreasure
URL (Blog, Website): http://curbsidetreasure.etsy.com/, http://curbside-treasure.blogspot.com/
Location (Where are you from?): San Francisco, USA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: I make mixed media collage: paper and paint in layers and layers.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I use whatever I can find, vintage ledger papers, old tickets, maps, catalogues and magazines, if its paper and it appeals to me visually I will cut it up and and change it for my art.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been creating collages for 5 years now, I started making them when I was in high school. It all started with collaging my journal covers and then started to fill the pages with collages and writing.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm a full time college student right now so I'm not solely an artist.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I am pretty much self taught. I am taking my first formal art class this semester in school though.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: My favorite techniques are to start with the background with a light wash of acrylics—my journal page backgrounds are acrylics that have been watered down for a sheer look. However, the collages I make are ones that I am never exactly sure what the end result will look like.


Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: My favorite piece is watching the world outside and it's a monochromatic green piece. I just like how soft and dreamy the green looks.

Q: What other artists do you admire? A: Joseph Cornell, Robert Rauschenberg, Nick Bantock, Lu Summers, Louise Robinson, the ladies of PodPost, and so many more!

Thanks Annie!

Able Parris - Notpaper

Able Parris

What stood out for me at first was this designer's use of Letraset letters in his collages. I find it interesting how many of us are graphic designers as well! I think sometimes it is obvious who is and who is not a graphic designer because of the amount of typographic elements used in their artwork. I admire Able's work, it has a nostalgic quality to it but still feels new and modern, probably because it's like nothing I've seen before.

Name (Real or Screename): Able Parris
URL (Blog, Website):www.ableparris.com (blog, but portfolio site coming back soon!)
Location (Where are you from?): I am from Wyoming, but keeping a nomadic lifestyle. Currently in North Carolina, USA.

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Somewhat minimal poetic storytelling collage.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Since I don't have a word limit on this question, let me start out by saying thank you for the interview. It's an honor. (No problem!) I like to work with magazines from the 70's and 80's, although I do try to incorporate many different sources to keep myself challenged. The older clippings have fewer printed colors which makes for a more timeless feel to each piece. Letraset, acrylic, maps, and bright solid colors are also wonderful.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: In 2002 I found myself collecting flyers and posters from the street in Providence, RI and pasting them into my sketchbook. I studied them to see what it was that attracted me to them in the first place, then began to sort of give myself "assignments" to create my own collages. Looking back at my sketchbooks from those days is encouraging, because it really helps to see more of a progression into bringing all of the parts together, which is the biggest challenge with collage. During that time I was collaging musically with some friends. We hosted an open mike night in the Carr Haus at RISD. I played with a couple of guys each week, and it was always improvised. I'd have my sampler, a record player, and some spoken word pieces, and they'd play drums and bass.

Those times were very influential to my sketchbook, because I would try to bring that sound to each page. I have even collaged in some of my poetry. My first chapbook, Nimbus Apparatus V1, is full of poems that are essentially collages of fragments on a page.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am a graphic designer/artist. I had my own business, called "office of studioQ," for two years before taking a position at Newfangled Web Factory. I am still taking contract work on a limited basis.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: Yes, I went to Rhode Island College, and Rhode Island School of Design, although I was not able to finish. Why does art school have to cost so much?!


Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: In a few of my collages, I layer Letraset characters until they become black forms over the image. I love it when the letter become abstracted like that.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I created The Shapes of Numbers using the process I just described. I love it.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: My wife is an amazing artist, and I have a lot of friends that are. Famous people: Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso (sans anything Cubist), El Lissitzky, Wendell Berry, Rainer Maria Rilke, and T.S. Eliot are some names off the top of my head. All amazing.

Thanks Able!

Simon Andrews - Notpaper

Simon Andrews



This artist's gluebooks are full of bright colours and images with typographic elements added which give them that street art/graffiti look (see thumbs after break). He has a very interesting and dramatic style. I particularly love the simplicity and open space of his works on (what looks like) kraft paper.

Name (Real or Screename): Simon Andrews
URL (Blog, Website): http://nuken8.deviantart.com/
Location (Where are you from?): UK

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: The materialization of my creative musing.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like the immediacy of magazines, there existing connection with the viewer and the familiarity they have with my viewers.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: 3/4 years, starting purely as another means for expressing my ideas and to gain understanding through exploration.




Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I work as a graphic designer, but find I use my free time to express my ideas.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I have a degree in graphic design, but found it helped little in developing creativity.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I dont really have any favourite techniques. I try to explore anything and everything, so as not to limit my ability to create and express myself to the fullest.




Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: That's hard, I like and dislike all my work. I think the strongest piece for me is say what you see. I like its clear uncomplicated communication.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: mydeadpony, somavenus, and srtapolyester to name but 3 but every single one in all honesty, I'm amazed and in admiration for all art.

Thanks Simon!

Blondestrawberry - Notpaper

Blondestrawberry



I stumbled upon this artist's site thinking, is that a painting? Maybe you thought the same thing at first. I was surprised that it was really collage, and some pieces are collage that include acrylic. With stunning works of art, Tammy explores relationships, distance, and meaning in all of her collages.

Name (Real or Screename): Tammy, blondestrawberry
URL (Blog, Website): http://blondestrawberry.com/
Location (Where are you from?): Ashland, Oregon

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Stories about the distance between people from a woman's perspective.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Images from old Life Magazines and National Geographics, as well as my own photographs.


Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been doing this for about 10 years now, although it's only in the last 4 that I was able to find my voice and start creating a body of work.
How it started:

Years ago I had a wonderful boyfriend who would make me little boxes reminiscent of Joseph Cornell's boxes, which had a major impact on me. I think the most important thing I got from him was an appreciation for the fact that there are so many things that already exist out there, like long forgotten images lost in stacks of old magazines, that can be placed in new contexts and made entirely relevant and even beautiful.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I develop websites for a living.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I guess you'd call me self-taught. I have taken a few workshops on collage-making, which I found incredibly helpful in terms of understanding tools and techniques, but no, I have never been formally trained.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I like the freedom and pride that comes with using my own photographs, which I take digitally and then print out on regular printer paper.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Oh jeez, that's too hard. Can I pick my top 3? (Still hard, but…) That Day in New York, Too Much for One Life and Because Things Change.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Jennifer Linton, Andrew Detrick, Romare Bearden, Diane Arbus, Judy Chicago.

Thanks Tammy!

el378 - Notpaper

el378



El378's collages are perfectly simple, I love the use of white space and restraint when it comes to decoration. Add a simple cutout line or word for wit's sake, and you've got a brilliant collage artist who follows his instincts.

Name (Real or Screename): el378
URL (Blog, Website):http://el378.deviantart.com/
Location (Where are you from?): Cambridge, UK

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Drawing with paper.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Found papers, newspaper headlines and vintage magazines.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I have been making collages for the last three years. I had been making art but had never tried collage before until I needed to produce some work for a portfolio for my college application. Since then I haven't looked back.




Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am currently working in a Legal Office to supplement my passion for art.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I have spent the last year or so studying part time at an Art & Design college in London.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I don't have any favourite technique, I tend to make it up as I go along.



Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Of my own work??, I like balancing act as I was at the time I made it working in a restaurant, as a waiter and also doing the accounts. So it was a balancing act all round at the time. :)

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: From the world of collage I'm a big fan of Kurt Schwitters & Richard Hamilton. Outside of paper art I love Pop Art particularly Jasper Johns.

Thanks el378!

what's a weekend? - Notpaper

what's a weekend?

There are so many people I want to post about, it's crazy! I think I will be starting to do weekend posts. I thought I would need to stretch out the interviews, make the content last, but there are more amazing collage artists out there than I thought!

So I think that's what I will do. I am busy, but busy in a good way—in between regular work and work on our new apartment, of course. So, see you tomorrow?

PS: Also, I have some great ideas for future content right now. I'm not going to spoil them, I'm going to let you wait and see...

Laura Serra - Notpaper

Laura Serra



I would like to end the week with artist Laura Serra, who I think can definitely hold her own against Fred's amazing work I posted about yesterday. She is en excellent talent, combining collage with ink and drawing. And of course, the addition of soft flower petals and leaves makes her work one-of-a-kind.

Name (Real or Screename): Laura Serra
URL (Blog, Website):laureola.de
Location (Where are you from?): Berlin, Germany

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Just some emotions on paper :D

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I love to work with letters of the German newspaper "TAZ" and combine the collated thoughts with ink and (rare)flower petals which I sew on the paper.




Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: It's now.. a year since I started creating collages. It all began with a design forum called Sonntagslounge.de where I found some artists and friends like Sebastian and Patrick. I saw how they created them and my thoughts finally got a new way to get onto paper.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am a graphic designer.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: If I had, I can't remember. In the art lessons at school I only had to copy still lifes.




Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Hm. Psssst! It's a secret!

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don't have any explicit favourite. Every drawing and collage I made were made with special feelings I feel again as soon I see them. The works are like good friends. The few ones that really understand me...

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: So many...

Thanks Laura!

Fred Free - Notpaper

Fred Free



How am I going to choose favourites? Is what I asked myself when coming to this artist post. I love the natural quality of his work, and I admire his collage book collections. I urge you to explore more of his work!

Name (Real or Screename): fred free
URL (Blog, Website): http://www.fredfree.com/
Location (Where are you from?): Boston, MA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Documentationalismistic. And more!




Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Found photos, my photos, diagrams, bar codes, radio static, videoclips, paper and cardboard, pencils, tape, oilbars, toys, numbers, letters, words and sentence fragments, non-english languages, other people, random internet searches, email spam, photoshop, my son, books to put things into, books to take things out of, signs, roads, libraries, fences, big spaces, time, weather, emotions, instinct, process. And glue.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've been making collages since I was a kid—which means for about 40 years—but I only got more serious about it in the early 90s. I started like any other kid and restarted because I found some old medical photo slides in a trashcan at a laundromat at the right time of my life.




Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I am an artist and at-home dad for my 8 year old son.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I went to RISD in the early 80s and came out with degrees and experience in fine arts and architecture, which I practiced into the early 90s.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I'm not really into techniques as a focal point in my work so I don't have any favorites to explain. Much of that has to do with coming out of the architecture profession where technique and skill were overly emphasized to the detriment of ideas and experimentation—at least in my experience. Much also has to do with my answer to the next question.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don't have a personal favorite, but I have favorite moments though—when the work is flowing out of me in ways that I don't seem to control. There is a feeling that all of the pieces of a potential collage know where they want to go and how they want to get there without my help. It's a trip and i'm just there for the ride.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Rauschenburg, Schwitters, Cornell, Venezky, Wilkins, Tomato, Fluxus, Koolhaas, Holl, Cage, Eno, Byrne, Underworld, Greenaway.

Thanks Fred!

Fiona Dinkelbach - Notpaper

Fiona Dinkelbach



I love the girliness of Fiona's work, featuring soft pink, unicorns, flowers, and lace. The importance of decoration in her collages is pleasantly undeniable.

Name (Real or Screename): Fiona Dinkelbach
URL (Blog, Website): http://www.thecollagebox.com/ & http://unreflected.deviantart.com/
Location (Where are you from?): Braunschweig, Germany

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Trashy-kitsch-vintage-stuff.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Mostly old magazines, vintage stuff from flea markets, old pharmaceutic and scientific books.




Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: Since 2004.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Solely and the art-association collage box. I am also an illustrator for cd-covers and that stuff. among other things i created the new album art for the ep "While your mind is wondering free" by the indie-folk band called the New Record.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No practice. I studied art history and media science.




Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Cut and paste, obviously.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I have a great affection for floral and vintage pattern stuff, everything that's decked with scrolls and every sort of ornament. One of my favourite pieces is the magazine page, because I have a thing for these kind of flowers. Besides i think that my new lace series is not bad, I love that kitsch-lace-cake-pink stuff.

Thanks Fiona!

illustration: brett ryder - Notpaper

illustration: brett ryder

In the grocery store last night, I fell in love with Dr. Stuart's Tea packaging. It has a whimsical and collage-y feel to it, and so I felt I should share! The illustrator is Brett Ryder, from the UK.

anacrônico - Notpaper

anacrônico


There is something to be said for having a distinct style, and Anacrônico has it down! His work is stunning, I love the boldness of colour against the "whitish" background. I love that he uses the same techniques, such as covered faces with letters or white space. This is what makes his style: his style.

Name: Rodrigo Bonfim a.k.a Anacrônico
URL: http://anacronico.deviantart.com/
Location: Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Works with what is common and unfashion[able].

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Magazines and vintage porn.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: A few years ago since I started the study graphic design.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm a graphic designer too.




Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: No, but I did some courses focused on fine arts and I'm training in graphic design.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I like exaggeration so I try to use this principle to give way to my work. Generally
I use ink, paints, xerox, etc.. In a way I like mixing different techniques.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: It's difficult to choose but I love Lascívia or Lust. It is a recent study in which I explore the ways female nudity and trying to create a line between lust and sweetness.




Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Dan Eldon and Eduardo Recife.

Thanks Rodrigo!

Ethelind - Notpaper

Ethelind

Ethelind's playful playful personality really shines through in her work, and the
randomness and variety makes her work very inviting. I was surprised to learn that she has no art background—sometimes collage is something that comes from within.

Name: Cloudy B aka Ethelind
URL: http://ethelind.deviantart.com/gallery
Location: Germany

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Always a bizarre mixed media poetry with sex and meat.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I like all kinds of vintage ephemera, magazine clippings, photocopies, acrylic and watercolors, rubberstamps, old toys and of course: GLUE.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've created collages since 2004. After a few trips into other media I found out that collages work best for me. The first collage, which helped me to find my way into the art world was a very surreal piece inspired by a book.



Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm just a hobby artist. I already had a few commissions, but only for friends.
We'll see what life brings.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I wish I had! No. I'm a completely self-educated artist.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: My favorite technique is "do something against the blank canvas syndrome." Often I just sit on the floor and play with paper, glue and color, creating some nice textured backgrounds. It's all about playing and laughing.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: Hmm...I like all of my meat-pieces because they amuse me and at the same time there is so much subtile tragedy in them. But I think my favorite piece is "LEOPOLD". It shows just a yellow-orange shirt on a blue textured canvas background. "LEOPOLD" is my personal reminder for being aware of the poetry of everyday life. "LEOPOLD" is the pure essence of all feelings. "LEOPOLD" is a warrior.




Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Kurt Schwitters and Daniel Spoerri are my all time favorites! I also like the paintings of Fred Einaudi and Mark Ryden.

Thanks Ethelind!

sneak peek... - Notpaper

sneak peek...

Next week will feature anacronico, unreflected, ethelind and fred free!

Armando Torrealba - Notpaper

Armando Torrealba

Armando's work exudes the creative chaos of the punk era he is inpsired by. I would definitely like to see more!

Name (Real or Screename): peregrinowillreign, Armando Torrealba
URL (Blog, Website): http://www.useme.cl/armando/
Location (Where are you from?): Santiago de Chile, Chile

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Destroy to build about what I see.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: Torn paper, magazines and trash.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: For almost five years, now. I started with cutting and sticking thanks to punk rock fanzines I made when I was little.

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I'm a graphic designer. I don't like seeing it as an art at aesthetic level, I think that design has been wrongly influenced by art. There are more artists than designers in the design industry. For me, that's wrong.

Q: Do you have any formal art training? A: No, just what I learned in the design school.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: The more analogous, the better. Sometimes, even scissors appear cleaner to me. I also love using the computer, but it's very different. By far, I prefer to use my hands.

Q:. Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: The fanzines I made long time ago are my favourites. Recently my favourite work is a picture I made for my beloved Katherina based on the Cat Power's song "I found a reason". Definetely, the best motivation to do something is love, whether it's the love for somebody or for money.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Winston Smith is the first, I also like the work of John Yates. My friends of Run don't walk inspire me very much, and of course the classics, Eduardo Recife, Rodeo 27, PLasti kids, among others

Vivi-Mari Carpelan - Notpaper

Vivi-Mari Carpelan


Every piece of Vivi-Mari's work is symbolic and spiritual, it tells stories and with them reaches new transcendental depths in this medium. Her work plays on the little eccentricities all collage artists are fond of.

Name (Real or Screename): Vivi-Mari Carpelan
URL (Blog, Website): http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivi-mari/
Location (Where are you from?): Finland

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: Symbolic collages and mixed media, usually on paper.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I love using old vintage copyright free images, and have a great collection of books collected over the years, that I have copied or scanned. I love the old fashioned feel, but also the extreme technical skills these drawings display. Many of them are also very quirky and odd from our modern point of view. They make the perfect starting point! Often I just go through my images and pick out whatever feels right at the moment. I don't like using magazines due to copyright issues that are hard to get around, plus the paper is a bit thin and can create an effect that is not so neat (it wrinkles or the edge of other pictures show through). I also use scraps as well as my own photogrpaphs or other old photos that I have the right to use. In the future I hope to use my own photos more, but at the moment I don't have a good color printer.



Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I started around 2003 when the fibromyalgia in my muscles made it too hard for me to draw as much as I used to. I try and incorporate some drawing still, though. I was actually doing découpage before this, and fell in love with all the possibilities. I learned a lot from all my books on découpage and so it was easy to transfer to collages on paper. I was a little ahead of time in both cases, I think, as nowadays there are tons of books on collages that weren't available in my country back then. As for the feeling of artistic satisfaction, I actually liked getting away from my own world of imagery and expand it to comprise that of other people. I see a deeper relationship between the words collage and collective... :-).

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I have a lot of education behind me, both in the arts and academia. My real profession is scientist of religion but I am on disability, and so my main 'occupation' is art and writing.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I spent one year in England learning Interior Design and art history. Then I studied more art history at the university. After this I went to France and did one year of general art studies, one year of graphic design, and two years of illustration. When I returned home, (I never finished the course) I started doing my own artwork with a more serious intent than before. That was in the early '90s.

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: I love mixing techniques, as this provides with variety. Ok, some of the ideas that make my pieces unique to me I want to keep as my professional secrets :-). I love using different crayons, mostly watercolor pencils or insoluble ones. I also love the inks called 'Ecoline'. They are very deep and intense. All in all I like the black lines of the vintage images, they are very striking. I tend to stick to earth tones, as they are easy to mix and match, but sometimes I go wild with color too. In that case I try and find old images from books or scraps so I don't have to bother with coloring everything in myself... At the moment I try and avoid making it all into too much of a laborious business, as it should be fun and not tiring!

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: I don't think I have a favorite piece... I do love all my collages, they are in some paradoxical sense more personal for me than the drawings I made and sold in the '90s. They are all tied together under the theme of 'DESTINY'. I guess the latest one is always the favorite one. It started off with an image from about 1900 of Siamese twins. I felt I just had to use it. Some may find it macabre, but to me it was peaceful and neutral, as well as quite beautiful despite the deformity. I then realized it was depicting an inner feeling of division that I've always carried with me, ever since I was small. I am not talking of anything pathological of course, as we are dealing with symbolism here. I also have been traumatized with the deformity of my own spine, so it connects to that. The piece shows a transcendence from this sense of division, to greater integrity of the self. I call the piece Me, Myself and I, which is meant to be slightly ironic of our sense of self as well. I suppose it's a piece that is hard for others to grasp, though it's unusually simple. I am also fond of House of Cards, another new piece that is in contrast smacked with details.

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: I love the elegant but 'patchy' aesthetics of Gustav Klimt, the mysterious and desolate atmosphere and intense colors of Giorgio de Chirico, the symbolic introspective ideas of Frida Kahlo, the esoteric thinking of the Swedish Hilma af Klint, and the beautifully decorative but slightly naive images of the medieval times and the early renaissance. I also admire a lot of the art created in Finland during the so-called 'Golden Age' of Finnish National Romanticism, which is usually packed with symbolism. I also admire other contemporary collage artists but can't think of any specific names.

Thanks Vivi-Mari!

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