How would you describe your creative style?
Sarcastic surrealism. In other words, it’s meta-modern art, that borrows both from post-modernism and modernism.
What is art to you?
Anything that’s creative, it’s art. Or, even anything that the creator claims that is art, is art.
What does your typical day look like?
Wake up, check on my email, eat breakfast, work, lunch, go out to walk a bit, shower, come back to work, preparing dinner, watching some TV, and then sleep.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
It used to take me anywhere from 3 hours to 5 hours. It now takes me 20 minutes most of the time.
How have others reacted to your work?
I was surprised that people liked collage so much. For most, it’s a kind of art they hadn’t seen before. Now, the enthusiasm has died down though, because there are many collage artists out there that do the kind of art I do.
What do you want others to take away from your work?
A good laugh.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Stop eating gluten and sugar. I lost 10 years of my life being sick without knowing what was the culprit.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
By my husband: “do the art you want to do”.
Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
They need to do a lot of marketing if they want to live off of their art. Only 70% of the time is supposed to be art creation, the rest, it’s all marketing. The right links, the right tags, the right information at each and every post on all three major social media platforms (Instagram is the biggest now for artists, then Tumblr and FB).
What are your thoughts on art school?
Unless you specifically try to learn technique, then art school is the biggest waste of time and money. In today’s world, social commentary art is the one that sells the best (today, the most successful art is memes). You don’t learn anything about it on art school, neither this is something you learn, this is something you cultivate as a person. Not to mention that on art school you never learn anything about how to market your work. So unless you need to learn new techniques from scratch, then art school is totally useless.
Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
More illustrations for me in the future, less collages. I’m getting tired of collages, and there are too many people doing these now anyway.
What’s your dream project?
A show runner for a sci-fi TV script. Nothing compares to that. Filmmaking is a top notch ahead from static visual arts in my opinion. My original roots in art was filmmaking btw, collages came later.
What art supplies do you use?
All my collages are digital, because it’s a waste of time to do pop collage with scissors. They look exactly the same on the screen, and most people buy prints anyway, not originals.
For my illustrations though, I do everything on paper, with watercolor and markers, because it does look completely different when it’s done on a computer.
How could the art industry become better in your opinion?
I don’t use the art industry (e.g. galleries) to do business. I do everything by myself, using an online store. So what I need is better tools from social media (e.g. when someone reposts a picture post of mine on Tumblr, to not be able to remove the text that contains the identity information of the artist). And from stores, e.g. like Society6, I need to be able to set my own prices on products. Currently, earning $2 out of a t-shirt is not that great of a deal, you see.