LARA WAS BORN IN BERLIN WHERE SHE STUDIED PSYCHOLOGY AT UNIVERSITY. HER STUDIES INFLUENCES HER ART OF COLLAGE, EXPRESSING THE CONFLICTS CAUSED BY PSYCHOLOGICAL TENSIONS.
Tell us something about your artistic background.
I am a 24-years old, half greek and half german artist. I was born in Berlin and still live here. The city is full of inspirations, not only because of all the different people but also because it has a broad variety of cultural events. This is very important for me because I am very inspired by music and often go to concerts, from jazz jam sessions to opera performances. And I am also very lucky because we have a great community of collage artists from all over the world here in Berlin now. I decided against studying art and am studying psychology instead, because I have a big interest in the human mind, emotions and the different ways people perceive the world. I think when you look at my collages you can see that interest very clearly.
What does the collage mean to you?
Collage means to me, that I take extracts from images or sometimes also texts and put them into a new context, I recombine pieces and change their meaning. The process of making a collage is always an adventure! Sometimes I have a vision of a collage I want to make and then I notice that I am restricted to my material. I can only use what I have, I don’t paint and I don’t alter images in Photoshop, so I am challenged to change my vision of the piece, to think further and to go with the flow which is a constant interaction between my vision, the material and the evolving piece.
And the concept of beauty?
I am a person who can find beauty nearly everywhere. Beauty is always a matter of perspective and I take great pleasure in looking at things from various perspectives.
How would you describe your art to those who don’t know you.
I would describe it as sensitive, evocative and psychological. I like using black and white and rather soft hues of colors. But I would rather show my art to someone instead of only describing it. I wouldn’t have to make collages if I could easily use words to convey my “message”. And the reason is probably that “the message” is not as simple as a message, but rather as conflicted as an emotion.
The dream is an integral part of your life and of your artistic process, right?
It is true, that I am fascinated by the language of dreams and how they can translate any kind of feeling, conflict, or thought into visuals. And this is the kind of language that I am trying to speak with my collages. I use visuals and symbols to express what I want to say and the recipient will understand the image on an emotional level instead of an intellectual one.
Describe yourself and your art with three adjectives.
Thoughtful, passionate, curious.
Is there an artist who inspired you in your career or for one of your works in particular?
Yes, but although there are some visual artists who I admire, the artists that really inspire me for my works are from other fields. There are some composers and writers who deeply inspired my works. Many of my collages are inspired by operas from Richard Wagner or Richard Strauss. And at the moment I am in the mood for Claude Debussy, so I can imagine making collages soon which are inspired by his music.
What emotions are important in your creations and in your vision of life?
Every emotion is important for me and therefore for my art. I think that the meaning of life is living, and emotions are central for that. So I want to experience the maximal variety of emotions I can find. Some emotions I’d rather not experience in real life though and I seek those in fiction instead. But if I had to decide for an emotion hat inspires me the most at the moment, it would probably be a feeling of desire, no matter what it is that is desired. I know this feeling as a very intensive one, a feeling that hurts but is also sweet at the same time. Contrasts that are unified like this are very beautiful and fascinating to me.
Photos courtesy of the artist