How did you discover collage?

During my studies in visual arts, I began instinctively to integrate a lot of collages into my paintings. I was inspired by Dada artists and Rauschenberg. Finally, collage took up more and more space in my work.

What did you like about the collage medium?

I believe that what drives me the most is not collage itself, but rather how it interacts with other mediums. I have a hard time staying siloed in one technique. So, I really like to mix paint with paper elements to create, for example, texture and superposition effects. Of course, there is the whole idea of “play” brought by collage with the search for images that speak to us and whose meaning can be changed.

How do you describe your style? 

I’ve always been attracted to images from the sacred field area. So I often represent scenes with a certain dreamlike character. However, it’s important for me to create strong contrasts between pleasant elements and other more grotesque images. I would say my style is synonymous with tension and ambiguity.

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Where do you find your collage material? What are your favorite magazines?

I am extremely selective in what I want to cut. I rarely use magazine images because I don’t like their “icy” appearance. I prefer the texture of images from old books.

Any advice for a newcomer collagist?

Be yourself.

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Jean-Pierre Pelletier
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