I’ve always cherished the bond one can create with a work of art. The intimacy I feel when I’m in front of a late Tiziano, a Venus of whatever epoch or a whispering British landscape painting, is beyond anything my vocabulary could encapsulate. My collages I guess are a way for me to actually forge a physical bond with these works I admire and know almost every brushstroke of.
I got the idea from the papiers collés of Joan Miró and Juan Gris that I kept revising at the MoMA last year. I was sincerely drawn to how anchored they were to a certain time and place due to the newspaper cut-outs pasted on the canvas as well as the chair seat that Picasso included in Still Life with Chair Caning (1912). They tell a story, a specific experience at a café lived by one person that is transmitted through the texture and materials that surround them at that moment.
Even though in my images I don’t include different physical media and do the rendering on my computer, I still play with the idea of different mediums. The personal photographs I use to merge real oil paintings and snapshots of my life with seem to be a way for me to express how present art history is in the way I view my encounters and experiences. In short: I can only dream of being photo-bombed by Vicomte Lepic, cheating at a card game rendered by Caravaggio or asking the Milkmaid what she has prepared for lunch.
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