We love collage artists; it’s as if they use the right and left side of their brains simultaneously, having made piece with the different characters within them. That way, the artwork vibrates differently in us, like feeding our happiness and fears at the same time…

Collage art nowadays is something we come across frequently these days. Why do you think that is?

Science and technology causes developments in many areas. I think there has been an increase in visual expressions after the invention of the camera, it’s progress and the aftermath. There are new waves in history due to how style became more important than form. I think this technique is used more now because of the improvement in technology, the ability to reach more resources and how it is applicable in digital forms.

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What makes a collage good?

Just like in all branches of art, I think the collage technique should also be approached with a critical mind. This is not to say that one should see the negatives of the environment and the self; this means to question, to evaluate a topic focusing on its different part, and to think outside of one’s experiences. Other than that, the style, the idea, the reflection of one’s individuality, the relationship of that transmission to philosophy and the aesthetic thoughts are important. Last but not least; making art a part of an experience. That is to say that the product should intersect with the producer, the buyer, the culture, it’s nature and it’s language.

You also frequently use videos with your collage work…

One of the main primitive needs is the instinct of progress. Production grows as materials do. As production grows, a new form of style is constructed that constantly grows and isn’t stable. The collage technique is not tied to certain materials or rules anyway, it’s free regarding materials and expression. It’s also used in art branches such as literature, poetry, theatre. Video is actually adding on time and movement while imagining a visual.

The first concept that pops up when looking at your art is “contradictions.” What would you say?

It’s watching and expressing the concrete and abstract relationship of humanity, which is part of nature, with it’s surroundings and the cosmos. Because the living that get’s this the latest are human beings.

What does harmony mean to you?

Harmony is not a stable notion. It is the continuation of similarities or differences that form the whole. To me, it’s knowing life, nature and the environment in the most simplest form. It’s asking about me. It’s seeing the contrast between the you and the perception of you, and putting your own rules and values, finding order in disorder. Because what disrupts harmony is variation, and the best harmony derives from variation itself.