Erwan Soyer’s collages are handmade – which makes him one of the few collage artists that don’t use digital software – he’s a throwback to the modernist period when collage became a mainstay of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Like those that went before him Soyer is interested in dreams, mythology and the territory in which we inhabit in our imaginations. He also has a sense of humour and a great grasp of his found images.
It’s great to see handmade work – as an artist you need to employ different processes and methodologies when approaching your materials – and Soyer’s work is aesthetically different, materially divergent from those collage artists that rely on digital compositions. Not to say one is better than the other. Just that they’re different. For me limitation holds out the possibility for imaginative creation. Seems Soyer thinks so to.
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