Mixed-media collage artist Veerle Symoens adds a little extra than some, more sugar in the mix, baked and ready 2 serve;
…very well done.
Veerle Symoens her method may show a lot of playfulness, her compositions are intuitive, personal and honest. Her collages translate emotion into a mix of manual manipulations. They are powerful portraits, tout court.
– Cyril Foiret
In her new series of collages she is saying the inspiration came by tribes, the connection between humans and animals, the southern flow, sunshine and colors.
Wanna see this.. live?
…From 5 till 7 October 2018, the collages of Veerle Symoens are exhibited during the Ruta del Arte in Frigiliana (Malaga – Spain).
I didn’t use any photographs or any hand-drawn illustration in the video at all on purpose. Patterns and the skin texture were generated by programming and the human model was made not by using 3D human body scanning but by completely using a computer. I demonstrated the theme “to artificially modify the human bodies” by following the rules. In the video, you’ll see human beings having DNA transferred from other natural organisms such as luminescent coral and a shell absorbing metal into its body. In the end, I explored the possibility further and humans formed a colony of individuals, which represents the end of individuals. To what extent will we transform ourselves? Then what will be the definition of human beings? – Kouhei Nakama
“Her collages, with the help of the title, often include a teasing, visual narrative, as if they’re a still frame of a surreal movie. The viewers are invited to make up the movie’s plot in their mind”
Titel image: Stars for Breakfast
she is; Amongst a lot, …a filmmaker, illustrator, and a modern vintage collage artist.
“It’s important for me to “say” something with my artwork, so for the vast majority of my work there’s a meaning behind them. I usually do this via presenting a “narrative” scene in my collages, like there’s something bigger going on than what’s merely depicted. Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, some times it’s horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, some times it’s chill. I leave it to the viewer’s imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot”.
– Eugenia Loli
Question: What are your influences?
“I got into collage because I loved Julien Pacaud’s illustrations, but it was Kieron “Cur3es” Cropper who became my main influence. The guy’s a genius. Bryan “Glass Planet” Olson and David Delruelle are also influences of mine. From the older artists, I’d have to say, Magritte. However, I collage on many different styles: from “pop” to dada, and from modern illustrations to traditional surrealism. I don’t believe that artists should “find their style”. That’s artistic death. If I have a style, it’s probably some “meta” aspect of it (e.g. the sarcasm that I usually employ in my collages), rather than something visual”.
Her clients include Urban Outfitters, AliceMcCall (Australian fashion house), Venyx jewelry, and others.
She has also had various online interviews & features so far:
CauxCollective, Cool Hunting, Juxtapoz, Creator’s Project, This Is Colossal, The Jealous Curator, C-Heads, VICE, The Guardian, and many many others.