AB: My artwork consists of photographic collages. Each piece is constructed by taking prints of my photography and physically cutting, layering, and adhering them on top of one another in order to create a one of a kind collage.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
AB: I am fascinated by human psychology and behavior. Each collage acts as a surreal interpretation of human emotions and feelings. My own personal thoughts, fears, and feelings have been a tremendous source of inspiration for the context of my work. In addition, I draw inspiration from nature and by how aesthetically intriguing it can be.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?
AB: Well, because everything is so meticulously planned and constructed when it comes to my collages, I usually sketch out ideas that I have in mind before bringing them to life. I have several sketchbooks filled with thumbnails and drawings of potential images to shoot and collage together. The sketchbooks are also used to jot down words, thoughts, and feelings that might lead to future images and projects.
CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?
AB: I produce artwork to not only express myself, but to stimulate the minds of the viewers and hopefully inspire them as well. I construct my imagery to present the viewers with a new visual experience.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
AB: On the days that I’m not shooting in my studio or collaging a new piece, I’m glued to my computer screen–writing email after email and networking to promote my work and business.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
AB: Being somewhat neurotic when it comes to my work has encouraged me to carefully plan out every detail of the piece (anything from lighting to composition) and rarely rely on impulse. Although, I have come to appreciate the occasional “happy accident” that occurs when I’m constructing a collage.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?
AB: You have to genuinely believe in your work and trust in your capabilities, or no one else will.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
AB: Although it is important to find your voice as an artist, I believe style and taste are subjective. I consider the concept or intention behind the piece to be of highest importance.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
AB: Self doubt.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
AB: That’s simple – I get to create for a living.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?
AB: Although I’m not considered to be a fashion, portrait, or still life photographer, I have always admired the work of Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Mark Laita. Their simplistic use of lighting and composition is as minimalistic as it is beautiful.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
AB: There is no denying that technology has made an impact in the contemporary art world, especially when it comes to social networking. I believe online networking is an exceptionally effective tool for artists to promote themselves and their portfolio. Whether it’s through Facebook or a variety of online publications, social media enables us to gain a global audience and develop a fan base.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
AB: Yes, I feel as though I view certain aspects of the world differently than most people. Since I began working on my series, Simulations, I have altered the way I see and appreciate nature. Rather than simply seeing nature as it is, I’m visually deconstructing its unique forms, shapes, and textures in my head. I’m constantly seeing trees stumps, branches, mountains and landscapes as potential images I have yet to create.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
AB: I don’t travel nearly as much as I would like to. I would love to visit Portland or Seattle because I truly appreciate gloomy weather.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
AB: I’m a fan of Chuck Palahniuk’s work.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?
AB: I will continue moving forward with my series, Simulations and Metamorphosis. I’m always striving to further my career by gaining more publicity with my work, (whether that’s through blogging, magazine publications, or more gallery exhibitions).
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
AB: I feel privileged to be considered an artist. Being able to create gives my life purpose. It gives me the power to process and analyze my thoughts, feelings, and ideas as the work becomes an extension of myself.
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