Berlin based collage artist and designer Jorge Chamorro asked me to participate in an ongoing world wide blog hop by answering four questions and asking three others to take part as well. They will be answering and posting their answers next Monday.
What am I working on?
Preparing a few pieces for a group show in Greenpoint next month. Working on a poetry/collage collaboration book with a good friend.
Planning on making a few small books myself based on certain themes I’ve used.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t use titles unless there is actual text in the pieces. I try to keep my work simple and minimal. I am not very neat with cuts and actually like tearing images instead of cutting them sometimes. I tend to not use materials from 80s-now. I also don’t think that my work relies on humor as much as other people’s work and I avoid making things that are too psychedelic. I think my work is driven by desire as well as solitude, anxiety, and disgust with certain aspects of the world as it is. I think those are the aspects of my work that make it “my work”, although I see other artists doing similar things or coming from the same place. I don’t feel that’s a bad thing, since I think sincerity is more important than originality.
Why do I create what I do?
I feel the work that I do is a good way to get some of the negativity that is in me. Technically speaking, collage is easy. I don’t need a studio or a lot of space to be able to do it or a lot of materials aside from a good amount of books, a razor and glue. Being able to take part in a creative act that I can finish pretty quickly gives me a sense of accomplishment.
How does your creating process work?
On most days, I get up, shower, eat some oatmeal, then put on the news or some music, sit at my desk and go through materials and within a half hour to an hour something is usually done. I’m pretty messy and disorganized so it’s a matter of going through scraps and materials lying around until I’m able to find a juxtaposition that hits me. I tend not to go into it with anything plan, and I don’t overthink things when I’m making them. Once it feels right then it’s done.