Busy planning an upcoming exhibition, analog collage artist Jorge Chamorro takes the time to let us in on his artistic secrets: sharing his creative process and ideas.
The Madrid-born collage artist is sitting by a table at ESDIP Berlin, trying to figure out what to glue on top of a renaissance looking painting of a young girl. He alternates between three options; tries them out one by one. Flowers? Soup bowl? Skull?
Jorge primarily makes analog collages. He prefers that over digital collages both because he likes getting away from the computer and because it adds an element of surprise to the work. “When you work with analog collages, you have the table full of papers, and if you work a couple of days, you have the whole house full of papers. The papers can randomly create something together. Random is super important in collage. Random is important in life,” he explains passionately.
Working with analog collages means that Jorge spends a lot of time flipping through books and magazines to find the perfect image for one of his pieces. “I own maybe a couple of cubic meters of books, which is even less than other collage artists,” he says with a laugh and continues: “Sometimes you make a collage in five minutes, but sometimes a piece is waiting to be finished for years. I recently made a collage with a bottom of a woman which I cut when I just arrived in Berlin three years ago”.
Jorge takes out folder after folder filled with his finished artworks and then carefully puts his pieces on the table. They all breathe an air of simplicity, often made with only two different images. “I like to express the most with the least. But I’m not a big defender of “less is more” sometimes less is more, sometimes more is more and sometimes less is just boring. There is a thin line between minimal and boring, and for me, it’s interesting to play with this line,” he says.