Meet photographer and collage artist Jonathan Vico Austere // Tell us a little bit about yourself. Jonathan Vico // I studied Photography at the School of Arts of Toledo, and that lead me to venture into the world of arts. I started the technique of collage a short time ago. I could say that I’m self-taught in terms of art because I did not have deep knowledge about this art form. Despite not having the foundation where I could build, I have improved my works little by little, looking for my personal style. A Why do you make art? JV In my view, art implies interaction or learning from the environment, to express what one feels. Art is by far the best way to show your deepest emotions and pleasures to the world. In addition, thanks to art, you can express what you think about any issue or just about what is around you. A What do you think of your work? JV I have never thought of that before, but I could say that my works are ‘extensions’ of me. Everything I like or am interested in, I cut, copy and modify it. I like taking images out of their proper context. A What’s your favorite piece or series you’ve ever done (if any)? JV I have some favorite pieces; ‘Maria Antonieta Cupcake’ is one my favorite par excellence. This collage was trendy on Tumblr and it made me known. I also like one of my last series which consists of three important parts; sculpture, minerals and fishes. It is important to notice that each part stands out a different color. I really like the result of this last collage. A Who/what are you inspired by? JV I could say loads of things; a song that I like, a photo, a film, a quote and so on and so forth. It is quite difficult to say from where the inspiration comes; my mind flows uncontrollably when I have new ideas. A What (if anything) do you want your art to accomplish? JV I would like to show my art all over the world, to make people enjoy my collages and to give rise both negative and positive reactions. Art is for everybody, that is why I do not want my collages to go unnoticed. A Is there anything else you’d like to add? JV The most important thing is to do what you like. People ought to ‘use up’ all the ideas they have. Don’t stop making art.