During this month of researching working methodologies and contextual references, I have been experimenting a lot with collage and juxtapostion. Even prior to the REMLA project, I found affascinating the possibility to visually show the relation that actually exists between past times and the post modernism.
As it concerns the way of proceeding of my work for the REMLA project, I looked up at different artists which I discovered throughout my interest in the process of collage and montage. In the end I came up with two main artists, whose are my point of reference and inspiration: John Stezaker and Eugenia Loli. They vary a lot as it concerns the time of their working frame, because the first one has been operating from the 60s until nowadays, while the second one comes from a different school of the XXI century. They both deal with conceptual art though, through various means of creative expression.
John Stezaker’s way of working engages the examination of various media and their relationship to photography: in his collages, Stezaker appropriates images found in books, magazines, and postcards and uses them as ‘readymades’. He mixes the modernism to picture of the Hollywood era and old pictures, creating and conveying an uncanny sensation to the viewer. His work is coherent to his contemporary context and interest in the surrealism.
Eugenia Loli started engaging with digital art and composition fascinated by art after having dealt with her health; she states that her mind “kind of re-winded, and art was what happened next”. Eugenia Loli uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications to create bizarre visual narratives that borrow from aspects of pop art, dada, and traditional surrealism. My starting point was to introduce in the war pictures, colorful patterns, such as flowers or maybe even universe patterns, as I have been exploring this way of working for a while now.
I really like working with mixed media and the relation between old and the post-modernism. So in this sense, I decided to go for it and try it for this project too, actually I didn’t decide, it just came along as looking at all of the war photographs. But then I changed my idea as it concerns the floreal pattern, because I came across the work of another artist, who does something similar, so I thought it wouldn’t be fair and not only, also without a point. His name is Guy Catling and you can see his work exactly below.