Interview with Surrealist Collagist, Andy McFly

How did you get started doing what you do?
I started during a period of crisis in many points of view: the school did not give me what I hoped, my ex-boyfriend continued to behave with indifference without understanding what I was going through, a sort of existential crisis of personality… I started create collages out of need and was an automatic mechanism. I needed it and that’s why I started. I had read in an art newspaper: “a new expressive measure can fight your uneasiness.” I recognized immediately that the college would be my measure to overcome my fears, crises and weaknesses.

How would you describe your creative style?
I write my creative style as a mixture of everything that my brain, my heart and my hand decide to do. I do not think about how I would do things, but rather to express what I want and what means would make the most of my message.

Interview with Artist Andy McFly on Jung Katz

What’s your inspiration?
Everything around me may be interesting and I do not limit myself. Lately I ask myself often my attention to relations especially balanced. Balance is something that has always fascinated me. A union of two people who are balanced and become one.

What is art to you?
For me art, is a way to be happy and fine with myself. I often think now my brain is accustomed to transpose all around me as possible to art and I think this is the best aspect of the art.

What does your typical day look like?
I do not have a typical day. But the thing that unites some all my days is the work of illustrator and my friends. Everyday I illustrate and I carry out other jobs and often have time to see and spend some time with my friends in the evening.

Interview with Artist Andy McFly on Jung Katz

How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
As for the work to be delivered and commissioned works, it takes me a little, almost one or two days if I’m not particularly engaged in another. Instead for my projects, I use much longer, almost a month. In general I’m very fast, because I have in mind before starting a precise idea to follow that change only on a few occasions.

How do you keep motivated?
I think that is why this is the best thing I can do, which makes me a better person and that makes people feels good. A beautiful thing to see satisfies you, then I feel fortunate to be able to use this my capacity to do good to me and to the users. When I sell or give to someone a portrait or a collage, the thing I love the most is to see them smile and be amazed and happy, so this keeps me a lot motivated.

How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
I would say that all that I see and feel, influence my work, in a good or bad way, doesn’t matter how.

Interview with Artist Andy McFly on Jung Katz

What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
With my work I hope to get more happiness than anything else. I like the idea of hope that one day this will be my only real job.

How have others reacted to your work?
For the moment, many people and friends are positively interested in what I do and I love this thing because maybe they realized that I try to live my discomfort, my happiness and fears through art. I try to always be honest with me, with others and with art and especially try to be myself even though sometimes it’s hard, but who is truly himself every single moment of their lives? Therefore, I try sincerity in my most intimate moments are those in which I create and I try to put on paper all that’s on my mind and I hope this can get without necessarily be explained.

Interview with Artist Andy McFly on Jung Katz

What do you want others to take away from your work?
I wish others would take what they seem more sincere from their point of view. I want them to feel embraced, treated badly, anxious, cradled by my works, I wish they were immersed in something that is familiar to them, sensations and images. I wish they felt a sense of what I try to express.

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Nothing ahahah!! The beauty of being young is that you think little and act a lot. I literally loved myself because I was very young carefree, rebellious and only time I have become more mature and attentive to situations and people. But the youth must be lived as it feels, I feel blessed to have spent a carefree youth and also in the bad moments, I was able to come out consistently. I consider myself still young at heart, a little girl who likes to have fun first of all, to be happy. Simple thoughts, maybe we should all learn to be more children than adults, because we often forget how important it is to have fun, play up, be spontaneous…

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Of course is to go to hell. If something or someone doesn’t like you, you do not deserve to feel less than anyone. That is simple advice.

Interview with Artist Andy McFly on Jung Katz

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Sure, the illustrator career is beautiful but very intense and nerve-racking, mostly if you are freelance, because you have to think of a thousand things at the same time. You have to be a manager of yourself and try to sell you and your works the best that you can, without detracting yourself. It was and it still very difficult to me sometimes to be so sure of myself, but if you know and feel that this is the best thing that you should do for yourself, do it.

What are your thoughts on art school?
I think that Italy is not considered on a par with other schools or universities, and this is wrong because in my opinion, the true artist is a person of immense culture and admirable. The artist as a musician or actor damage emotions and is very important because the emotions make you think more of hours and hours of study on the books.

Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
My aspirations for the future are to work in contact with musicians and publishers. I love to give a picture of something that is expressed in words and sounds, I think it’s a perfect match.

Interview with Artist Andy McFly on Jung Katz

What’s your dream project?
I do not know, I never thought of that! Maybe it could be a picture book … but I can not say what.

What art supplies do you use?
I use mostly newspaper clippings, brushes, glue, watercolors and oil paints.

What’s your process like?
I have an idea that comes to mind usually when I’m out, I talk to people or something happens to me, then during the day I try to develop mentally and then I start work, usually with very clear ideas, because I reflect a lot before to start working.

Interview with Artist Andy McFly on Jung Katz

How could the art industry become better in your opinion?
I do not know very well what advice I could give… In Italy, some are all set with the idea of the degree that is synonymous with intelligence and skill, then I think the gallery prefers being around artists graduates, but there is a world around schools. Not all artists are born from universities, each one has a different path and interesting as well, so I would say the best advice I can give the industry of art is to do research and enhance the deserving and not only those who engage in art world.

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