María Elisa Quiaro
COLLAGE & MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
I am a multidisciplinary artist from Venezuela, living and working in Germany.
Two things have shaped my life since I can remember: images and words. I grew up under the influence of pop culture, science fiction books and TV commercials. As a child one of my favourite pastimes was to create imaginary worlds with figures cut out of magazines.
Time passed and I found my way studying Advertising Design. Later I went to university to study Social Communication and Journalism. Working as a creative designer in different advertising agencies I managed to combine my two passions, graphic and word. During that time I also studied painting, photography and sculpture . I won a scholarship and went to study Art in the UK.
I work in a variety of different media, but for me collage is a clever, creative expression, full of variety and cultural-wit. Scissors, paper and glue are the revolutionary weapons in the world of art, because they manifest themselves vividly beyond their material boundaries.
I define what I do with collage as finding resonances in the composition. At the end a collage is more than the sum of its fragments…It has something playful in a dreamlike world, where the apparent simplicity of my universe leads to deeper connotations: Colour is used as a space which relates to an emotional state, a room where a story is placed. Provocative hints develop a mystery, make us remember something forgotten, and allow us to make humorous associations.
My work is a visual confrontation with reality where reduction, accumulation and construction meet with humour and poetry. Fragments are given a new function to re-create a totality. My collage work attempts to reflect a contemporary sense of life with all its metaphysical complexities and contradictions where the impossible is not anymore.