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a547555 (aka Clara Mata) - Notpaper

a547555 (aka Clara Mata)

I am always pleased to see Notpaper's featured artists grow stylistically over time, and I feel so grateful for this opportunity! Recently, I came across some work on Flickr I enjoyed, and contacted this "anonymous" person to see if I could feature them. It just so turned out that Clara Mata—an artist featured here twice before—was submitting work under an alias, a547555. So naturally, I asked her some questions about her experience being "someone new" online.

Name (Real or Screename): a547555/Clara Mata
URL (Blog, Website): www.claramata.com
Location (Where are you from?): Spain

Q: How has your work changed since your last interview?
A: In many ways. I still cut and paste paper, but I've learned a lot since then. My personal work has turned more "personal" and I'm getting more experienced as illustrator. I'm finding my language. I think I'm less interested about perfection and rational relations between images, and more attracted by abstraction, and other ways of understanding images.

Q: Collagists love experimenting, can you explain what your experiment was?
A: Last year, I erased my flickr account for personal reasons. A few months later I started thinking what will happen if I went back under a different identity. By this time my style, my collage work, had changed, and I wondered if a new experince in flickr would be different. Flickr is a good place to receive feedback of your work, but it's most of all a social net, and I decided to come back with this "ghost" identity, whith no name or face or gender, just to see if I got to meet the same people and friends I made in the past. And I did! but I also found some other really interesting artists... or they found me.

Q: Why did you decide to change your style?
A: Hmm, it wasn't such a decission. It was more like a natural evolution, I guess. I really like some of the work I did in the past, but I had the feeling I wasn't completly myself. I was kind of a student, just trying and trying... So I searched a lot, just to find my place. I think actually I'm closer to finding it now.

Q: Did any other artists influence your recent changes?
A: Of course. Flickr gave me the opportunity to know the work of some awesome artist, like elsrGarcía, Cless, Never Always or Falling Apart. Getting in contact with their work and with them (really good friends of mine some of them) has enriched myself and my work very very very much.

Q: Any recent accomplishments you are proud of?
A: A collage exhibition I was offered to organize this year. It was for illustrators. I chose some of the best illustrators/collagists I know and all of them took part in the exhibition. I couldn't believe it. The result was so beautiful! It took lots of work, and sometimes was stressful and really frustrating, but it was worth it, no doubt.

Q: Do you have any future projects in your mind?
A: Improve my english.

Thanks again, Clara!

Donna K - Notpaper

Donna K

I love how clean and simple Donna's collages are—but there is interest in the graininess of the imagery she uses. It's all about placement in her work, I particularly like the ones that are based around shapes. I can just picture her collection of ziploc bags with paper cutouts arranged by size and type, and it makes me smile—also I wish I could be that organized!

Name (Real or Screename): Donna K.
URL (Blog, Website): www.flickr.com/photos/donnak
Location (Where are you from?): Schuylkill Haven, PA

Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: I'm going to try and make you laugh or something.

Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: My images are all from National Geographics from the '60s & '70s. For a while I liked vintage Playboys from the 60s & 70s too...and these inaccurate, illustrated encyclopedias from the same era.

Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I remember forcing my preschool teacher to teach me how to use scissors to make a Valentine's Day card collage for my mom when I was 4. I even opted out of snack time to do it! I think it was because the older kids were doing it and I wasn't satisfied with the pre-cut heart selection!

Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: Right now I make my own stuff (some videos too!) and assist/collaborate with my professional artist boyfriend and his insane projects.

Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I took a few classes as a kid and in college but nothing really beyond "this is a colour wheel."

Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: So I've got dozens of plastic ziploc bags filled with tiny pictures I cut out sorted by size (tiny, tinier, tiniest) and type (animal, landscape, people, stuff). I find it really similar to the way people collect pictures on the internet with tumblr and flickr- reducing things down to these little thumbnail icons and putting them together in one place.

Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: There's one of this couple sort of patting the skyline over a park, looming over these smokestacks and construction trying to tell something it's okay but you're not quite sure which side they are on...

Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Contractually I have to say Brent Green. O, and I really like John Lurie and Stefan Sagmeister lately...

Thanks Donna!

Concoction - Notpaper


Upcoming collage show tonight if you're in Chicago—wish I was there to see this, I love Chad's retro-feeling collages. (Apparently there are over 50 new pieces!) Also congratulations on your first solo show, I know it will be a success!

New Works by Chad Kouri
January 8-24, 2010

Chad Kouri is a stuff junkie, glue and adhesive enthusiast and a procrastinator. Chad spends most of his time in alleys looking for treasures to build out his found-art collages and illustrations. The rest of his time is spent writing emails to people he has never met and other things to pass the day. He is a member of Chicago art collective The Post Family. This is his first solo exhibit.

Opening Reception for Both Exhibits
Friday, January 8, 7-10PM
with music by DJ Sean Doe

Info via Rotofugi.

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