For how long are you working with collage art now and what was your reason to become a collage artist?
I’ve been pursuing collage seriously for about 6 years, but I started to experiment with it starting around 1990. I was 18 years old then; I knew that I wanted to be an artist, but was just figuring things out. I did a lot of experimenting back then, and was doing a lot of collage. I met a surrealist painter once and showed him some of my collage work. He gave me a big monograph of Max Ernst, and that just opened up a whole new world to me. When I later enrolled in art school I started out as a painting major, then I switched to sculpture and ceramics. I thought that I was going to be a sculptor. I graduated from art school in 2003 with a BA in sculpture and ceramics and spent the next four years struggling with my sculpture work. In 2007 I decided to take a hiatus from ceramics to figure things out. I had a Moleskine sketchbook that I thought I would use to make sketches and notes about sculpture, but I wound up collaging in it. It just happened so organically without any preconceived notion about what I was doing. When I look back on things, it’s as if I was meant to work in collage all along, but I had to take a long, circuitous journey to figure it out.