ARTIST OF THE MONTH OF JUNE
How did you discover collage?
What did you like about the collage medium?
Reusing existing images. We already create so many images and material every day that I don’t feel the need to start with something new. On the contrary, giving a second chance to forgotten archival images from a church basement is a relief for me, especially in a world where everything is made to be thrown away quickly. It’s a way of thwarting the fate of these elements by elevating them to the status of works of art.
How do you describe your style?
By mixing elements far from each other – for example by time, cultures, seasons, colors – interesting shocks and aesthetics appear. When something comes out that works, I always have a little feeling of victory. We can see that differences are not a barrier to cohabitation. Harmony can hatch in pallets that were not expected.
In one word, what makes you unique?
You tell me! Maybe color?
Where do you find your collage material? What are your favorite magazines?
My archival studies have opened the doors to archival centres that contain infinite resources. Over time, I have built a rather large library of documents: geograph-ical maps, images, textual documents, technical plans, etc. I draw from this collection in order to select elements that, put side-by-side, speak to each other.
Any advice for a newcomer collagist?
Have fun and stay authentic, do what you like and don’t get discouraged in the face of criticism or rejection. Do it for yourself first, to express what you feel and offer your worldview.