Laurindo Feliciano‘s collages are clearly inspired by his love of architecture and design and the inspiration he finds in such diverse subjects as natural history, philosophy, animal behaviour, nature, visual art, semiotics, antique books, films and music.
His work has a very classic feel to it – the result of using found images from text books and classic treatises on various topics – and is at once beautifully conceived and wonderfully executed.
Here’s what he has to say about his work:
My artwork is determined by the interpretation of memory through the use of collage techniques and accumulation. More than mere transcriptional aesthetics, the focus of my work is to capture and to translate the maze of collective memories of other individuals, as well as my own, that have faded or become vague, acquiring new value as they age.
For many years I’ve been collecting vintage books and magazines, postcards, letters, essays, audiovisual records and random objects with no apparent value.
This endless research led me to a great production of illustrations and digital images that have drawn a thin line between fine arts applied and fine arts. A small but growing part of my work is devoted to the so-called specific objects, where artifacts gain new emotional value when placed in another context.
I currently prioritize research allied with audiovisual creation through sound files and video documents.