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“Serious Art” (Whatever that Means) with Eugenia Loli

As for sensuality, most humans think of sex every few minutes, so artworks that play with all that come out naturally.

Art by Eugenia Loli Interview by Teo J. babini

Collage is about art created from existing art, and Eugenia Loli is about making art accessible to the next generation, stepping outside the frame on the wall and slapping her vintage images on that which anyone can appreciate from cell phone covers to pillowcases.

Spring Crop at the Rosseland Crater ©Eugenia Loli

Spring Crop at the Rosseland Crater ©Eugenia Loli

You describe your work as surreal vintage collage. Are you a fan of the early surrealists?
Yes, I love Magritte for example. Dali is great too. These days I tend
to go towards the illustrative side of Klimt though.

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wormhole ©Eugenia Loli

I see a lot of 40’s/50’s influence, is this your favorite period?
Yes, the pictures look better from that era. It’s the kind of film
they used at the time. However, let’s not forget the fact that these pictures pose smaller copyright problem for us collagists. 😉

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Environmental Factor ©Eugenia Loli

A lot of your work seems to deal with women and sensuality… Sometimes alone and other times with a male counterpart. Can you expand on this recurring theme?
Well, we’re human, and humans like seeing humans, so they can identify with them. Plain landscape or still life doesn’t do it for me, and from what I see from my audience, they don’t love it either. Landscapes for example, they need to be put into a human perspective before they become successful (at least from my collage point of view). As for sensuality, most humans think of sex every few minutes, so artworks that play with all that come out naturally.

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I Hate High Heels ©Eugenia Loli

Another common element is the universe, star-scapes in the sky. What does this represent for you?
Hope that one day we’ll be part of the greater community out there.

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External Influences ©Eugenia Loli

One of the techniques I find most intriguing is the covering and disappearances entirely of faces. I would interpret this as regarding identity and objectification. What is your actual intention with this?
I have a category name for this type of collage, where all such collages of mine belong to: mind alteration. It’s not directly about identity as much as it is about reprogramming our minds towards newer things. Evolution.

Massage Therapist ©Eugenia Loli

Massage Therapist ©Eugenia Loli

I truly enjoy the titles, great stuff. How do you come up with them? Do you feel titles are important in visual work?
They come to me from deep inside. A spiritual guide maybe? Or a hidden alternate personality? Dunno.

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Slave with Cigar and Feather ©Eugenia Loli

Are you a boxing fan, or is it reoccurring due to the vintage nature of your collage?
I was doing boxing earlier this year. My coach (a fine boxing and movement coach) was quite an inspiration to me at the time. Unfortunately, I moved away recently, so I don’t see him often anymore. I stopped boxing too… But I still have my gloves. 🙂

Concrete Pinatas @Eugenia Loli

Concrete Pinatas @Eugenia Loli

I notice you print your work on all kinds of housewares and accessories. Do you find our modern culture appreciates art more when incorporated this way, rather than displayed as originally intended?
I find the point of view of having art displayed only as pictures in a frame hung on a wall despotic, and snobbish. The truth is that young people today do not buy wall art. If they do, it’d be the latest pop craze thing, not necessarily “serious art” (whatever that means). However, these young people do buy iPhone cases and apparel, and they buy a lot of them! This is how they display their favorite art: through these ultra-consumerist products! So why not adapt to the times? I still sell art prints—In fact, that’s my main product—but cutting out the younger generation that doesn’t give two hoots about art prints in giclee cotton 350gsm paper with certificate of authenticity and a limited edition of 5, it’d be like shooting yourself in the foot.

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The Siren Waits Thee, Singing Song for Song ©Eugenia Loli

The Siren Waits Thee, Singing Song for Song ©Eugenia Loli

Compulsive Artist ©Eugenia Loli

Compulsive Artist ©Eugenia Loli

Ready to Burst ©Eugenia Loli

Ready to Burst ©Eugenia Loli

Slave with Cigar and Feather ©Eugenia Loli

Slave with Cigar and Feather ©Eugenia Loli

Leaving a Mark ©Eugenia Loli

Leaving a Mark ©Eugenia Loli

Happy Meal Man ©Eugenia Loli

Happy Meal Man ©Eugenia Loli

Ego and SuperEgo ©Eugenia Loli

Ego and SuperEgo ©Eugenia Loli

Lunar Vacations ©Eugenia Loli

Lunar Vacations ©Eugenia Loli

Knots ©Eugenia Loli

Knots ©Eugenia Loli

Strawberry Shortcake ©Eugenia Loli

Strawberry Shortcake ©Eugenia Loli

Fire in the Hole ©Eugenia Loli

Fire in the Hole ©Eugenia Loli

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