A COLLAGE ARTIST LIVING IN LONDON TALKS ABOUT HIS CREATIVE WORLD. DISCOVER MORE READING OUR INTERVIEW.
Who is Kyoung?
I am a collage artist, living in London. I trained at Central St Martins, but ever since I was as a child, I would cut things up and rearrange them, including old clothes and fabric for my toys. Re-using what already exists has always appealed to me.
What is for you the art of collage?
I love photography, but collage allows me to explore beyond what a camera can capture. I try to create imaginary spaces and stories that can’t easily be told on film. I enjoy the hunt to find existing images that speak to me on some unconscious level and then give them a completely new meaning, a new lease of life.
What about fashion?
Clothes, along with art, music, and film, have always been hugely important to me. I have vivid memories of the dressing up box as a child, and later, fashion was a big part of the music culture I was into. What I wear affects how I think and act.
Your personality in 3 words.
Lateral, geeky, organised.
How do you try to define the human condition with your art?
I’m fascinated with the idea that we each exist within a time-frame, that we have no lasting claim on this world which we are passing through. Social constructs, gender, sexuality, work, family and our physical location all shape this experience, and so it is these themes I choose to explore.
Your typical day.
I don’t have one! But whatever I’m doing there is always music playing in the background.
Your favourite fashion designer.
Iris Van Herpen for her spellbinding, sculptural creations and Molly Goddard for her fairytale-frills. Plus, any well-made workwear.
The quote of your life.
Everything you can imagine is real, Picasso
Projects for the future.
I’d like to collaborate with photographers and I would love to hear from anyone interested!
Photos courtesy of the artist