I have kindly been invited by Zach Collins, collage collaborator extraordinaire and one of my favourite collage artists, to take part in a world wide blog by answering four questions about my collage work and working process. Also I will invite three other artists to take part on Monday 28th July.
So far I have invited Sarah Keys (Serbia). The other two are to be confirmed during the week.
Q: What am I working on?
I’m currently exhibiting at The Outsiders Newcastle in the UK. It’s my 1st solo exhibition so it’s taken a while to pull together. In terms of making any new work sadly I’m on a bit of an enforced holiday from collage due to the exhibition and moving house. On the plus side within a few weeks I will finally have my own studio space. Although I’m not creating as much as I’d like to, I have just come across some vintage source material gold and can’t wait to start developing ideas for future works.
Q: How does my work differ from others if it’s genre?
This is a tough question. I use a variety of different styles and techniques as well as different types of imagery; although I find myself drawn to vintage imagery as this appeals to me most. One of the things I get the most pleasure from is experimenting and continuing to learn as most collagists will tell you. Ultimately collage for me is about blending different images to create a new concept and this is where the variety comes from. Each artist has his/her own unique qualities and experiences, and I feel this is where an artists individual style is formed.
Q: Why do I create what I do?
When I was a kid I wanted to be a painter. I used to make small collages as sketchbook templates for my paintings but overlooked the potential of collage in its own right. I soon tired of painting, it took too long to create an image that I would often end up unhappy with. It wasn’t until years later when I hadn’t created for a long period I found myself making these small scale collages as a creative outlet and soon realised the potential and freedom of expression it allowed me. Not only that but it is fun. Creating collages allows me to fulfil my need to filter my thoughts and desire to create.
Q: how does my creating process work?
My thought process is quite sporadic, so sifting through vintage books/magazines I’ve collected and cut up, with all the history attached, is a process I really enjoy. I like to have a visual memory of all my image sifting. Although for the most part it seems to be about constantly being involved with your source materials to get ideas, I think my best ideas come when I least expect it like when I’m at work or about to fall asleep. I often write these concepts down. Once I’m inspired I will work quite manically when given the opportunity and I suppose this is when I’m at my happiest.