Q: Who the heck are you?
A: I’m Eugenia. I grew up in Greece, but I’ve also lived in Germany and UK. These days I live in California. I’ve been a (terrible) nurse, a computer programmer, a (rather successful) technology journalist, and a filmmaker. In April 2012, after I had just finished an animated music video, I decided to try collaging after the knowledge I gathered from making the animation. I got hooked ever since!
Some random tidbits: I love sci-fi and sushi. I’m a major geek. I’m a (gluten-free) Paleo dieter for life, since I credit it for saving it after 10 years of major health problems. Finally, I’m an INFP.
Q: Do you have an artist’s statement?
A: “Eugenia Loli originated in the technology sector, but she left that impersonal world behind in order to build new, exciting worlds via her art. Her collages, with the help of the title, often include a teasing, visual narrative, as if they’re a still frame of a surreal movie. The viewers are invited to make up the movie’s plot in their mind.”
Q: How do you make your collages?
A: I start by finding a “base” image, and then I sort of build around it. Sometimes I have a concrete idea of what I want to do, and sometimes I leave the images to fit together by themselves. Sometimes, after a lot of juxtaposing, the “base” image might not even be part of the final collage. Most of the time, I try to “say” something important via my art, but sometimes it’s just about pretty doodling. For those who want to try their luck with modern vintage collage, I’ve written a tutorial here.
Q: Wait! Digital? Why do you do digital instead of paper collages?
A: Because of the added flexibility (primarily scaling and flipping). 95% of the collages I’ve made would not be possible if I was to use the images as-is out of a magazine (and often, I would not have access to the required magazines anyway!). However, like you, I actually prefer the look of paper collages. I’m probably one of the very few digital collage artists that takes solid steps to ensure that the majority of my collages look like they’re done on paper. I dislike transparencies, vectors, blending and all these special effects that scream “digital”. If it can’t be done on paper, I don’t use it either (scaling/flipping can be achieved via re-printing).
Q: What are your influences?
A: I got into collage because I loved Julien Pacaud’s illustrations, but it was Kieron “Cur3es” Cropper who became my main influence. The guy’s a genius. Bryan “Glass Planet” Olson is also another influence of mine. From the older artists, I’d have to say, Magritte. However, I collage on many different styles: from “pop” to dada, and from modern illustrations to traditional surrealism. I don’t believe in the old tradition of an artist “finding his style”. That’s death for any artist. If I have a style, it’s probably some “meta” aspect of it (e.g. the sarcasm that I usually employ in my collages), rather than visual.
Q: Why do you give away your art?
A: While I maintain an online store for those who like the convenience, I still give away the full resolutions of most of my artworks under the various liberal Creative Commons licenses. So theoretically, people can print them at home for free. I believe that art loses its true value when it becomes fully commercial, because the artist then tries to please the latest visual fashion or the wishes of his customers. How am I supposed to describe you my utopia, when that said utopia has a price? It’s an oxymoron. Art should be shared freely.
Q: How can I contact you?
A: The best way is via direct email.