Eugenia is originally from Greece, now She lives and works in California, USA.
*note* this interview is by Allie “Sunshine” Henry =) (a fan of Eugenia’s work) and Kenneth Jeffrey
What is your connection with the vintage imagery? Does this interest lie in the nostalgia of this imagery or do you connect more so with the aesthetics of these images?
With the aesthetics. Vintage imagery (specific kind of film they had in the 50s and 60s) just looks different than later film or digital. It looks like it’s a painting.
Have you ever made or considered making collage with more current sources and digital technologies? Would this change the meaning and/or experience of collage for you?
I was making collages originally with Creative Commons images. The result was not as pretty. It looked too digital, even if the process was the same.
How do you decide whether something is working or not, or what will make an interesting assemblage of imagery?
I don’t really know. It’s instinctive. If I like it, if it feels satisfying to me, I go with it.
Do you find your practice as a collage artist and illustrator inform one another ? Have you considered combining the two?
I could do some mixed media at one point, but that time hasn’t arrived yet. For now, I have plenty of imagery to do pop collages, which is what most people want to see anyway. When I’ll feel more experimental, I will do that though.
You mentioned in your bio that art looses its value when it becomes fully commercial and you have avoided this by making your collages freely shared on the internet. What is the value in art for you?
I’m an escapist. For me, art has been an escape into other dimensions.
You mentioned that the collages you make function as a visual narrative for the viewer to extract their own understanding. Do you ever make collages without narrative or does this always have to be present in your work? Why is it important for you to “say” something through your collages?
Some few of my collages are non-sensical dada style. Meaning, that they have no narrative or explanation. While I like some of these, they have been highly unpopular. And since I don’t do art for the sake of art, but rather for “selfish” reasons, I choose to do pop collage rather than dada.
Do you consider yourself to be old school? or an old soul?
I’m very progressive in all of my ideas. So I’m not old school. But I’m definitely an “old soul”, spiritually-wise. At least half-way there to be considered an old soul.
Wake up at 5:45 AM, weights/running exercise for an hour with my personal trainer, breakfast, clean up the house and answer email, then either one more hour with my second personal trainer (martial arts or '50s lindyhop dance) or socializing with my friend, then lunch, then work, then dinner, and then sleep. My weekends are usually more boring than my weekdays.
What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?
75% of people want to fly. I think I just want to be a brainiac.
Do you have a nickname?
None, I think. I prefer live action series.
What were some challenges when you first started become an artist?
For collage, there’s always the challenge of finding the right images.
You’ve just won an insane amount of money but you can only spend it on things that start with the same letter as the first letter in your name. What does your life look like?
Cooking eel and eggplant!
What’s the worst thing you’ve done at work?
When I used to work as a programmer, it was my procrastination, I guess. I don’t think I’ve done bad things as an artist though.
A question you wish people would ask you?
“Do you want ketchup with that?”
What was your childhood like?
Restrictive. In all senses.
What’s your favorite color?
B&W. I don’t dislike pink either.
Would you go to Mars?
I want to go to space, and visit other habitable planets, but I find nothing interesting in going seeing an endless desert on Mars. There's always Sahara if I want to see that.
Favorite music, foods, movies, and books?
Music: John Maus, Soft Moon, Forrest Swords.
Foods: kefir, liver, bone broth, and oysters
Movies: The Matrix, Firefly
Books: My Big TOE
I hope a big change in my life. Like, a complete change.