ILLUSTRATOR AND COLLAGE ARTIST

CAROLINA CHOCRON 

 “Collage is part of a perpetual voyage of self-discovery and refinement – an intellectual grand tour through

philosophies and civilizations... distilled in the “tearingness” of original edges." - Robert Motherwell

CAROLINA CHOCRON

 

Tell us a little about you and your work.

I am from Buenos Aires. I always have lived in this wonderful city. I love this place with all the spurs it provokes. I work as an illustrator and collage artist.

 

How do you think the use of Instagram has benefited your art practice?

I love Instagram. What I appreciate the most is that Instagram is merely visual. It has been an important platform for me because I can showcase my work there and get in touch with a lot of people around the world from art collectors and art directors to fellow artists and galleries. Also, it allows me to sell my work. 

 

What do you most enjoy depicting in your illustrations?

My work sets questions around such matters as feminine-masculine, sayings and myths, pre-established stereotypes and daily life situations. Irony and absurdity are playing the main role in my work. I collect material for my collages from different sources such as old magazines and books, pieces of paper and cardboards. Honestly, finding these sources is one of the most important part of the whole collage work process.

 

Do you have a background in fashion design or the fashion industry?

Yes, I do have a background in fashion design and fashion industry. I worked as a fashion designer for 8 years and I also was part of a fashion production. What I really appreciate is that my work and designs have been expressed not only through paper but also weaves and patterns I designed and several daily life gadgets. 

I’ve studied Graphic Design and I also had wonderful teachers in different art mediums (painting, drawing). I worked as a fashion and furniture designer for many years before discovering my passion for photo collages.

 

Do you illustrate full time? Is it your only interest?

Collages and illustration are my full time job. I feel really blessed to work in the field that I love. I have a huge studio where light, music and space are very important elements. 

 

Explain your typical work process.

The work process plays a crucial part in my work. I enjoy taking a lot of time to collect and classify things by color, material and size. Take images (paper, books, maps, bus tickets, tags, old photos, magazines and outdated objects like toys) out of their original context and give them a different meaning. As I begin to work and put things together the whole piece takes its own shape. 

I listen to music all the time, from tango to Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, St. Germain, Caribou, Gorillaz, Amy Winehouse, Stan Getz or The Cinematic Orchestra, its all up to my mood. 

 

What is your favorite quote?

One of the quotes that guides my work is by Robert Motherwell: “Collage is part of a perpetual voyage of self-discovery and refinement – an intellectual grand tour through philosophies and civilizations... distilled in the “tearingness” of original edges.”

 

What is your life motto?

I express my life motto through my work: humor and irony that helps to deal with life's issues. My inspiration often comes from words and phrases I hear, from random scenes that related to the subjects that drive me.

 

Name your top three influences (artists or otherwise).

My top influences are Hannah Höch, Max Ernst, Raoul Hausmann, Joseph Cornell, Grete Stern, Annemarie Heinrich and mostly anything related to Dada movement, Surrealism and Fluxus. I follow and admire a lot of contemporary colleagues.

 

Does environmental concern enter your work?

My concern with environmental issues is reflected in my work: dealing with stuff that seems to be discarded and that looks useless is a central part of my work. 

 

Your wishes to Fab Ego Magazine.

My wishes: have a great expansion. Keep sharing art, design, interesting people and their work.

 

Support Carolina Chocron carolinachocron.blogspot.com

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