Susanne Breuss, a very talented collage artist, invited me to take part in a blog-hop by answering the following questions and inviting 3 other artists to do the same next week on their blogs, on june 23rd:
What am I working on?
Since about two years I mainly work on paper collages, which has quickly become a passion. Recently I worked face to face with my friend Sébastien Coutheillas on several collaborative collages, it ended in a small exhibition in Paris last april.
I am still very interested by digital collage too, which brought me into collage art in the first place and offers great potential.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I have a graphic design education, therefore I am in love with typography, layout and graphic elements. Swiss graphic design, constructivism, dada, post-modernism are major references for me. I think many designers do collages because it is so deeply related to these graphic pioneers like El Lissitzky or Rodtchenko.
I share my collages on internet with a large community of contemporary collage artists. They also represent an amazing source of inspiration for me and I am convinced it has a strong influence on my work. Somehow I have the feeling sharing our works with each other, is like some kind of artistic conversation we all have, exchanging new ideas, feelings, references, esthetics, etc, in a very rich and dynamic emulation. But everyone has his own background, which makes each work unique in the end.
Why do I create what I do?
Collage is a very addictive and invasive practice for me. A large part of it is to collect new materials, papers, books, magazines… mostly in the streets, in bookshops and on websites too. It is kind of overwhelming and fascinating in the same time. I spend a lot of time reading and admiring these sources instead of cutting and tearing them apart.
I have also been hooked by the process of collage itself, which has a deeply seductive immediacy, and highly encourages instinct and imagination. Collage art is fragile, delicate, and it is all about finding the right feeling within an interesting composition.
How does your creating process work?
I have no predefined process, I try to keep a fresh eye on the practice. I work with a very large amount of scraps on my desk. Most of my pieces are made in one or two sessions of 15 to 30 minutes, and when inspired, the quicker is the better from my experience. I take pictures with my cell phone to remember the compositions I went through. Some other pieces are more slowly evolving, sometimes staying at an early stage or overloaded for months. It really depends on the mood I am in.
Working on collaborations is very different and a lot harder, it requires empathy for the other’s work, and at the same time an ambition to transcend or transgress his first intention. It is a very enriching experience too.