Here's a little update on Andrei Cojocaru, who I featured the first time in November 2008 (almost three years ago!). His work has changed a lot since then, and I feel like it has gotten more sophisticated in a way. I really love seeing the change in artists over the years, I was pleased to hear from him.
Still in Paris, France!
Q: Last time we spoke, you were in school studying law, has any of that changed?
Yes! Many things have changed since... I've received my (utterly useless) degree in International Law and have started working in advertising as an account executive; I work in a big agency, a small cog in a large wheel! It's a very stressful and time-consuming job but it's interesting and it gives me the opportunity to hang out and work with talented people.
Apart from that, I'm still trying to do as much collage work as I can, it's my therapy and my escape from all the stress around me.
Q: How has your work changed since our last interview?
I'm not sure how to explain it, I think my style and work method are in a continuous evolution. It all depends on my mood at the moment, I sometimes go for simple, clean compositions, with geometric elements, some other times I would go for busier, "dirtier" collages, more chaotic, with lots of different elements, torn papers as opposed to cleanly cut shapes, etc. The objective however remains the same: to have a result that's pleasing to the eye.
Because of work I often go for weeks without touching a single piece of paper or my trusty cutter but than of the blue I get into "collage frenzy" and come up with 12-15 pieces in one night. I'm usually pleased with 4 or 5 of them, the rest I keep in a corner for later, I might work on them again in a month or two.
Q: Did any other artists influence your recent changes?
Back in 2008 when you have first interviewed me I was discovering lots of great artists thanks to deviantart; soon after that I've switched to flickr where I keep discovering great artists every day! My recent influences and inspiration sources are Genadii Berёzkin, Marek Haiduk, Pierre Botardo, Ciro MacCord, Beth Hoeckel, Jeffrey Meyer (goofbutton) and last but certainly not least, all the members of the WAFA collective!
Q: Any recent accomplishments you are proud of?
Yes, there are a few! First of all I have recently launched a website, andreicojocaru.net, to showcase my work and "get my name out there" a bit more.
Also, I have done two great collaborations over the last months, the first one with Milcho Pipin, a photographer living in Brazil - I've used his photos to make digital collages, you can see the results on my site and on flickr. The second collab is with ▲°, a British artist. It's still work in progress but I really love how things are going forward, can't wait to share the results!
Q: Do you have any future projects in mind?
Once again, the answer is yes! I would like to get involved in new activities such as video editing or sound design/music making, because I believe the principles of collage can be applied there too: you can take bits from many different and unrelated sources, cut them up, rearrange them together and come with a totally new and surprising creation. I have the ideas in my head, I'm trying to save up to get the proper tools and of course I need to find the time necessary for these projects.
Until then (and also after!) I'll keep doing collages, as many and as often I can!
I really dig collaborations so anyone reading this who might be interested in working together, drop me a line! : )
Thanks again, Andrei!