Interview: Gemma Anton – Collage Artist

How did you get started doing what you do?
Years ago I moved to Paris. All my life changed. More than I supposed it would change. Unknown feelings appeared and I didn’t know how to share. I guess collage and photo are both the way to bring to light all these feelings.

Interview with Collage Artist, Gemma Anton
Interview with Collage Artist, Gemma Anton
Interview with Collage Artist, Gemma Anton

How would you describe your creative style?
I have no idea. I can hardly see a style. Lots of people tell me they see one but even if I try I can’t see it. Maybe I’m too close, too attached to be able to see.

What is art to you?
To me, art is a way of being. A way of creating something that talks- that transmits in a special way. Something that has never been told that way by no one before and that no one will tell that way afterwards because each person is unique and has an unique voice. It may be a moment, a gesture, a dance, or music. It can be an object and have a duration or fly away in glimpse. I believe in art as a way of behaving. A way of living. The fact that an existing object rests after the creation happens is secondary. The object is just the remaining of the act.

How do you keep motivated?
To me, collage is not about being motivated. It is more an urge. Like the white rabbits in Cortazar’s short story “Letter to a Young Lady in Paris” but with a happy ending.

Interview with Collage Artist, Gemma Anton
Interview with Collage Artist, Gemma Anton
Interview with Collage Artist, Gemma Anton
Interview with Collage Artist, Gemma Anton

How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
In every way I guess. Ortega y Gasset said once “I am I and my circumstance; and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.” To be me, I need my surroundings. I am the music I listen to, the books I read, the people I love…

How have others reacted to your work?
People are really nice. I’m so thankful for the kind words I read or hear about my work. At first I could hardly think people would be interested. It was such a personal thing what I was doing. But I can say people are tremendously generous and attentive to other’s work.

What do you want others to take away from your work?
I don’t need anyone to take away anything in particular. To me it is enough if they feel that my work tells them something. Makes them feel something, whatever it is.

Interview with Collage Artist, Gemma AntonInterview with Collage Artist, Gemma Anton
Interview with Collage Artist, Gemma Anton

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
To stop fearing mistakes.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
At university, when hesitating to put some black while finishing a watercolor, a teacher told me “when you will stop fearing, you will grow.” Lots of years after I can still hear that sentence in my head.

What’s your process like?
My process is rather chaotic. When creating my pieces I don’t ask myself too many questions. In my work as an architect I find myself thinking everything over and over, so in collage I just let the stream flow. It’s my luxury.

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