1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
I have always been interested in sports, that’s all I’ve done and all I’ve ever wanted to do. Unfortunately, over the past few years, I’ve had a number of injuries that have put me on the sideline almost indefinitely. I was always bored and sad when I couldn’t participate and began to grow weary filling my time by doing nothing. Thankfully, a very talented friend of mine who was creating collage art, told me and showed me their process of how they did it and it made me want to try it out, so I did and I enjoyed it! Got me out of my loop of feeling bad for myself. So I decided I would post a collage I made every single day, and I’ve almost managed to do that, apart from a few days where I wasn’t able to get internet. That’s how I got where I am now, almost 8 months later!
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
When I think of the word aesthetic, I think of earthy, soft colours, which is something I want to explore more of. My “look” of my art is sporadic, day in and day out, it’s whatever really comes to my mind at the time. Sometimes I’ll see a fellow artist make something that blows my mind and makes me say “Dang I wish I thought of that!” so I try to make something similar. But all in all, I wouldn’t label all of my art as a single aesthetic, however, my most popular posts are usually something that tricks the eye, or contains an optical illusion, or as of lately, those very soft and warm colours I mentioned.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
I only really have one medium that I work with and that’s old books or magazines. However, I’m extremely envious of people who are talented at just drawing with a pen and paper. I’ve always been the “non-artsy” person at school, who couldn’t draw a stick man very well, so to be able to create incredible pieces of art with just a pen and paper always blows my mind.
4. What is your artistic process like?
My artistic approach is different every day. If I’ve got an idea in my head, I’ll search for the exact photos I’m looking for to create the collage. If I wake up or get home from work with no ideas, I’ll sit at my desk and just kinda stare at my stack of books until they do something. Most of the time, I throw on some jazz, or ambient records and try to relax and let the ideas come without forcing them. I love to listen to slow and calming music, it helps me get in the right mindset! If I’m absolutely stuck with no ideas, none of that is helping, I usually walk away from my room and get some fresh air and forget about it for a while before eventually heading back to try again.
FUN FACT – I can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 40 seconds!
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I could write down so many artists who inspire me that you’d be reading this for the next hour, however, I’ll try to keep this short! First off, all of my friends and fellow collage artists. I see some outstanding pieces of work every day that I could never dream of making so perfectly! I tried to make a list of collage artists that inspire me but the list got too long and I couldn’t leave anyone out, check who I follow on IG and that’s the answer!
– arisroth (insanely talented aesthetic anime illustrator)
– yayitsnickpyle (mind-blowing, drawings of futuristic, ridiculously detailed robotic looking humanoids)
– maalavidaa (just go look, psychedelic, full of colour, graphic art)
A lot of my inspiration also comes from music, any form of music, mostly hip-hop and jazz. A little bit of poetry doesn’t hurt either since I usually like to write a little haiku thingy with my pieces. Some music and poetry I like:
– music: Herb Ellis, Brain Eno, MF DOOM, Denzel Curry.
– poetry: whiskey words & a shovel II (r.h. Sin), I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me (Hugh Prather)
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art, specifically making collages is just a way I’m able to relax and do something that makes me feel good. The art that really impacts my life is the music I make. I started using music as a way to cope with a breakup, learning guitar (which I forget completely now), was the first example of this. I love to go home, start making a track, whatever it is, and if I listen to it over and like it, I really like it. Music is the form of art that literally makes me jump up and down and dance around the house if I create something that I think sounds rad! Music connects me to so many different people. I look at music as a universal language that anyone can speak if they try even just a little bit. It doesn’t matter where you live, what you do, what you look like, there are no limitations to making music and I love that.
7. Where did you study?
No studying needed, just started and haven’t stopped yet. Constantly learning through all of my fellow artists though!
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Ahh, the future is hard to read. Honestly, probably still working my day job. I’d like to have my art become a big part of my daily life though. Maybe one day even have it take over as my day job and create something I can live off of and one day support my family with. In my ideal future, I’d be back playing sports at a high level and becoming a top tier athlete. It’s something that eats away at me every day.
FUN FACT – I can impersonate Gollum/Smeagol from LOTR!
9. What about in ten?
10 years is so far away, I couldn’t even tell you. Maybe being fluent in Dutch, finally being able to do a 360 on my unicycle. Would be awesome to see my art around the world within 10 years! When I was younger I used to want to not be able to walk around without someone recognizing me for something I did, but now I hope that when I walk around I hear people talk about me, without them knowing who I really am.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I don’t really know. I am doing it because I enjoy it and it makes me feel good. If I’m able to spread that feeling around then I think I’ll have achieved it all! I’d like to have my art in an exhibit one day. I don’t often go to art exhibits, but when I do I’m always drooling over most of the things I see. I think it would be funny to be able to watch someone do the same and think “Hey… I made that!” Another personal goal of mine, which is a little off of the topic of my collage art is to make an instrumental beat for my favourite rapper, MF DOOM.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
I’ll start this question off by saying, MM FOOD! Sushi has been a new favourite for me lately, yam tempura rolls to be exact. A few other things I couldn’t ever turn down would be any vegetable (a little overcooked), chicken strips, mangos and cheese with an apple!
12. Favourite book?
I don’t read often, almost never at all, but other than the poetry books I listed earlier, my favourite book at the moment would probably be a little children’s book in Dutch called “nijntje op de fiets” otherwise known as “miffy’s bike” in English.
13. Favourite genre of music?
Jazz! I mentioned Herb Ellis already, and I’ll mention him again, his album Windflower with Remo Palmier is, in my opinion, his best work. Soft Shoes with Ray Brown is another killer record that I put on almost daily.
FUN FACT – I NEVER wear mismatching socks… What a sin…
14. What are your hobbies?
Music, sports, hiking, hanging out with my bunny, poetry, doing really quirky things like unicycling, climbing up trees and, some video games, driving around town, did I mention hanging out with my bunny?
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I would love to be a professional athlete or a music producer. The thought of even being a nature guide has popped into my head a few times, that would be a great way to get me out of the house! Not to mention get paid to do it!