The word “collage” has a French origin from “colle”, that means glue. Oxford Dictionary defines collage as the art of making a picture by sticking pieces of coloured paper, cloth or photographs onto a surface; a picture that you make by doing this.
During 1930s, Henry Matisse applied this art technique by cutting different shapes out of paper and using those in other media. In 1947 he published a small portfolio consisting of twenty samples of his cutout designs. Matisse interpreted the cutting process as “drawing with scissors” giving the two-dimensional art a new structure.
The dadaists – offsprings of an European avant-garde art movement in the early 20th century – became great exploiters of the collage technique and as no one else before and after took a great advantage of its potential for abstraction and simplicity breaking their own original context.
Painting has never been any of my talents but I find a great amusement in collage art, where I can experiment with papers, lines, shapes, colours and different media. Preferably I work with fashion magazines, where I instinctively find pieces that might create a good assemblage. It is something what gives me inner peace and trains my sence of colour and style at the same time.
One morning two years ago, I all of a sudden felt an invincible desire to cut and just grabbed a pair of scissors and started creating something I had no clue about.
At such moment I can be Dior, Vionnet, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Lee Miller or anyone I want – I simply leave the reality and relax. In my view, it is of great importance to have an occupation, where you can disconnect yourself from the rest of the world, by letting your mind use its own wings and your imagination flow in its own direction. As Shakespeare would probably rephrase it, “I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it.”