Country: Sydney, Australia
Greek heritage. Born and raised in Canberra, Australia. Moved to Sydney where I embarked on a retail Buying career with a large retail group. Twenty years later in 2016, I received and email, seemingly ‘out of thin air’, from a company called Koziol inviting me to Erbach in Germany to design some artwork for them. WTF and go figure! They had discovered some of my work on Instagram. So I did what any sane, rational person would do, I ditched the corporate world, packed a bag, hopped on a plane straight to Erbach and that’s where it all started. Three years on, I’m living the dream as a full time freelancer and collage. My life, in a proverbial nutshell!
How did you discover your love for collage?
It was love at first sight. Pure love. I found collage, or collage found me, and the rest is history! There is something about the uncertainty and the unexpected that I am so drawn to. I love the idea of being able to renegotiate and manipulate the origins of an image through this medium.
How did you develop your style? Was it something that you gradually developed over time or did you know exactly what you wanted from the start?
I always new what sort of artist I wanted to be, but the challenge was always where and how to begin. Things fell into place for me gradually as my experience and confidence grew. My style has certainly changed with time, as have I. I am now far more restrained. I have simplified my compositions via a self-imposed ban on using anymore than two, and on the rare occasion three, elements. This has really cut out the noise and slowed things down. It has helped me get to that ethereal space between something and nothing, harmony and chaos. Not sure if I actually answered your question!
In your own words, how do you describe successful collage art?
A composition that leaves itself open to interpretation.
Where do you find your resources for your art?
Mostly, I use high-resolution stock images. I search for images that are off the grid, so to speak. My compositions are typically 61cm across and some of my commissions are larger still, therefore, high-resolution images are a must. I do search the public domain and every now and then, if I’m lucky, I come across some undiscovered gems.
What is most challenging about being a collage artist?
I love everything about this life. Perhaps finding the perfect background image, one truly resonates with me, is a bit of a challenge. The images are generally a portrait, however finding an image that I feel a strong connection to can take me days. Once I find that image, or it finds me, I am spurred into action and nothing can hold me back. Even though ultimately the face will be hidden from view by a second image, this background image is my key to a powerful composition.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’ve had the same morning ritual for years (I hate to admit, it doesn’t involve the gym or yoga). I am vertical by 7.30am and by 8am I am in my local café having a coffee and a gasbag with my wonderful mum. I do that every single day. The balance of the day depends on deadlines and workload. Typically includes collecting my prints from the printers, filling orders and client catch-ups. In the late afternoon, I always dedicate many unstructured hours totally immersed in all things collage related.
Do you have an artist, something, or someone that has influenced your work in any way?
The everyday and commonplace are an endless source of inspiration for me. Then there are the overlooked and forgotten portraits that I come across, quite by accident, as I scour online resources. I am beyond inspired and influenced by the artists of the Dada and could also quite happily drown in the works of Maurizio Cattelan, John Stezaker, and Miles Aldridge.
What is one thing you've learned about yourself through your art?
Fear is not my friend. With regard to my compositions, have an urge to break out and smash the boundaries. Then fear raises its ugly head and plants its hoof on the brake. One day soon perhaps.