This Collage Mastermind Creates Confusion Masterpiece

The last time we spoke with André Sanchez we asked him about his project, The Day I Visited Eden. We uncovered his fascination with combining fantasy and reality, which is the root of his desire to create. In previous work, we saw how Sanchez has mastered the art of using photography and photoshop to create one of a kind collages.

In his most recent series, Confusion, Sanchez once again exhibits his rare and raw talent of home-made collage. This series is comprised of 30 different pieces; each collage is a unique design made of faces, body parts, words, and materials from different people, things and time periods.

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We were intrigued by Sanchez’s, Confusion, and in an effort to uncover his process we asked him a few questions…

Enjoy!

THE PLUS: What was your inspiration for, Confusion?
André Sanchez:
I have always loved handmade collage.here are many artists who make beautiful artworks using this technique. I love the work of Jesse Draxler, Linder, Stephan Gunnesh, Kurt Schwitters, Justine Laeufer, Robert Rauschenberg… So, my inspiration comes clearly from collagist artists, and the Dadaists.

TP: Nearly every collage has a hint of red or jewel tones. What is the significance of these colours for you?
AS:
I like the intensity of the colour red, and the symbols which it conveys, because they can be in contradiction: love, anger, passion, violence. Red is a symbol of life … The jewels are an ostentatious material, symbol of fidelity, love, wealth, luxury, tradition.n my collages they are also there to shine, to make the image sparkle!

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TP: Each collage is a unique combination of faces, shapes and objects. What is the significance behind how you arrange these elements? What do the ‘faces’ mean to you?
AS:
There is no special meaning. My collages have been very intuitive, and I take the time to find the right frames, those that will have an interesting aesthetic impact for me. On the other hand, the face is the link between all, it is what gives them flesh. The face, the eyes, and the mouth is what is most common with almost all living beings.

TP: In our last interview with you, you mentioned that you appreciate different aspects of the Renaissance Period and admired the artwork created during this time. Did you pull any inspiration from the Renaissance in this series?
AS:
The photos that were used in my Confusion series are drawn from fashion magazines such as Vogue, Numero, Citizen K … There are major luxury brands that, in my opinion, derive their influence from French, Italian and Flemish painting. Also, fashion photographers often find inspiration in painting. So I think we can find these in my collages.

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TP: Confusion is quite different from your series, The Day I Visited Eden. Do you prefer to create human collages, or more fantasy-based work? Should we expect to see more work like this moving forward?
AS:
I started my Confusion series during the heatwave this summer in France. I did not want to turn on my computer, and I was tempted by hand-made collage. It is a very rewarding experience. It’s a very different job than digital collage, even if there are lots of things in common.

Digital collage opens up more fantasies and possibilities. Handmade collage is more restrictive and requires more preparation time if you want to add a lot of fantasies. I often show in the story of my instagram page the evolution of my collages, all the magazines I found in flea markets, all the images cut from these magazines, the first attempts. I took a huge pleasure in doing them.

In addition, it gave me ideas about how to evolve my work, combining handmade collage and digital collage. To find solutions to adapt my digital collage to handmade collage…It’s very interesting. I also start spending less time in front of the computer, and I recycle magazine images, I stick on recycled paper, and I learn to make my own glue myself.

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TP: What does the process typically look like when you are creating a new collage? How do you decide upon the unique aspect or element you want to focus on?
AS:
At the beginning I spot the photos with the shapes, the colours, the faces that inspire me in magazines, the ones that I find intriguing, they can evoke sweetness or rage I then cut These elements from the magazines, and I find a combination to assemble them.

It’s a bit like decorating a Christmas tree, but I pay attention to the combination of color, and the strength I want to give to these collages. Sometimes sweet, sometimes mysterious, sometimes facetious… It’s not as simple as finding interesting pieces and elements that assemble well together. The entire process is time consuming.

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