Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Jonas or taudalpoi, and I am a Norwegian-born philosophy student living in London trying to combine studies and (digital) art as best as I can. I have been active for a couple of years now, but have started doing a lot of collage and collage-ish artworks these past six months.
Why do you make art?
I think I started to make art because I was tired of reading and writing philosophy, one day. It was (and is) a neat way of achieving some kind of creative relief in-between hours and hours of reading and writing, which can, I hate to admit, get somewhat boring, even though though I love my studies. Now, however, it has become more than simply a break from studies. I think the reason I make art now is a mixture of being very easily inspired and a strong desire to realize my inspirations. I constantly want to try new methods, have a great idea for a collage, etc. As opposed to it being a break from studies, I feel I more and more have to take a break from art to do philosophy …
What do you think of your work?
I make a lot of works. I have a little under 600 artworks posted on my Redbubble now (and more unpublished), so what I think of it is bound to be varied. However, as I’ve said elsewhere, my main intention when I sit down to make art is making something I myself find beautiful. But, then again, that goal isn’t always reached. Furthermore, I sometimes feel like just one of a million other collage artists (and far, far, far from the top) and doubt both the quality and power of my works. I think this is easy when one does digital collage works, because there are so many talented people out there and one may feel like one is merely following the others. Other times, however, I do feel like I’ve actually made something I’m proud of, something that stands out. But again, it varies.
What’s your favorite piece or series you’ve ever done (if any)?
As I said, I’ve made over 600 works, so it’s hard to say which is the best. I think my piece “X” became quite popular here on the web, but my piece “Space Trip” has definitely sold the most. Of the two I am most happy with the second one, even though it is astonishingly simple, literally consisting of three different images (come to think of it the first is actually even simpler, consisting of only two images). There is also I kind of “series” I am doing, where all the works are basically pictures of bombings and explosions mixed with people causally looking at it or walking away. I like it both because of the pure, visual aesthetics of it but it also has a bit more of a substance than much of the other things I do; without saying too much I think it reflects my own (and most people around me) way of life … (Example of the “series”: “YOU SEE?”, “RUN.”)
Who/what are you inspired by?
I often hear the names of Matisse and Baldessari as supposed influences of mine. That may be true, but not very consciously. I am genuinely horrible at writing down the names of art pieces and artists I come across on the internet, but I am easily inspired, so there are probably many, many artists out who has helped shape my style and themes without getting the proper credit … Yet, when it comes to my collage works the two most important figures are probably Eugenia Loli and (the perhaps less well known?) Ben Stainton. Its not so much that their way of making collages and their themes are very similar to mine, but those two were actually my way into the collage community. I hadn’t seen a collage before. I just stumbled across Ben on the internet and was amazed at how brilliant and fascinating his pictures were – only consisting of other pictures that was cut up. I was amazed and – after attempting it myself – hooked.
What would you choose for your last meal?
I’m trying to think of something clever here (like the amount of rice the inventor of chess supposedly asked for, for that meal would go on for millions of years and I wouldn’t die) but I am too much of a sucker for Tacos. Give me some sparkling water and Tacos, and I’d be happy.
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