Nataliya Scheib – Houston, TX – http://www.nataliyasgallery.com
In my collage portrait work, I make every effort to show the person as a part of his/her own background and not separate from it.
While creating a portrait, some artists like to place a person in a particular environment or show them at a specific moment in time. Other artists remove the person completely out of their background such as cutting the figures out and placing them on a white wall… In my work, I strive to convey that each person’s background is a part of their own history, which expresses and demonstrates the distinct story of each individual person.
I believe that each person constantly reflects a combination of their own life experiences, cultural background, education, upbringing and religious beliefs, past events, people and relationships they’ve experienced in their life. Even the books they read, their teachers, their parents and relatives, conversations they had, and the choices they made all contributed to who the person is at any given moment. According to a well-known philosopher Freud, even people’s surroundings, their living space, architecture, and their profession also influences to the individual values and a person’s character.
I interpret my belief in my collaged portrait works by not separating the person from their background but showing him or her as a part of it.
Marcela Ifju – Newberry, FL
Kassidy Robinson – Gainesville, FL