SLip is a French artist who works primarily on retro, unexpected and rather bold collages. He created his own universe that encompasses work mainly related to pop art, the almost forgotten Soviet minimalism, primary colors and the seventies era. He transports us into an imaginary world of his collages in which unconventional things happen: animals go to work, tyrants are experiencing a difficult adolescence and femmes fatales are struggling with their body image. This averted vision of the world puts SLip's focus on parts that are neglected by history and should be awakened and worked with more often.
Hey SLip, wassup? How are you feeling on this glorious day?
Hi Gita. Thanks for your invitation. Here, the weather is warm and we're ready to dive into Summer!
How did you get into art or, more precisely, into the art of making collages? What were you doing before this branch of art took control over your system?
As long as I remember computers were always in the neighborhood. So I studied in the field of computers, than I started to work in programming and later I started to make art with computers. Due to my background I'm pretty familiar with the use of tools like Photoshop and, as I was not gifted with pencils, my first material was digital pictures. Then I started cutting and mixing the pictures that I found, making funny collages and using characters in different contexts.
Did you have any notable artistic influences/role models while you were growing up?
Maybe Peter Saville for his works with many bands that I like and a lot of soviet artists from the 20's like El Lissitzky.
What does your workspace look like? What tools are you using while creating collages?
As I've said before I only work with computers so my workspace is very simple: two screens, a keyboard, a mouse and internet access. I mainly use Photoshop, but sometimes I also work in Illustrator, when I have to deal with vector graphics.
Are your collages carefully predefined, or do you make changes to the designs as you work?
I always start with a story or a historical context. Then I search for pictures to match this context. When I find the pic, the story can slightly change depending on the character's visual appearance inside the pic, or on any other contextual detail. The main thing is to keep the story or the goal of the picture the same.
Your pieces from the Disappear collection are so bold and unexpected. What's your main source of inspiration?
Inspiration may come from everything I can see. A pic on a magazine, a person crossing the street could be a source of inspiration too. Not directly, but it could be a start and then I jump from it to another idea. Then I have a mental image that's pretty clear and I go to the computer to realize it. I make some short stories in my brain that later lead me to produce an illustration.
Considering the whole history of collage, how do you perceive the current state of affairs in this field of art? Is it declining or gaining in popularity and quality?
I'm not a specialist of the whole world of art but it seems that there are more and more people making collages, but at the same time I feel that it's getting less important. Perhaps because it's becoming easier and easier to make digital collages. But there are still people that can make me dream like Julien Pacaud or like my friend Herbot.
What does your typical day at work look like?
It all starts with coffee. Then I start exploring the net, finding news or stories that could be interesting, reading my emails. I begin to work on my works, finishing old ideas, starting new works … And so on, until the end of the day. Not very sexy ;).
What's your ultimate goal as an artist?
I have no ultimate goal as an artist. Just hoping to do my best and to be sincere.
Are images better than words?
I don't know. But for me, words are very precise and they don't let people interpret different things as pictures do.