Analog Collage from french, coller that means to glue is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of analog collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty. The collage term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.
In Romania, Mihaela Nastase discovered and approached this form of art in a very special way. Ever since she was a little girl, Mihaela was fascinated with pop art and she found inspiration in famous artists, like Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol, but also in glossy magazines and popular videos of the ’90, that were so new to her teen eyes, once the communist regime was gone. In fact, Mihaela Nastase got into the collage art even before she even had that concept, since in the forth grade she started sending small collages to her friends and classmates as stamped letters. Now Mihaela is focusing on expressing her creative force through paper collage techniques.
“I love to cut and paste my emotions… I am patiently choosing things that inspire me, going through all kinds of magazines, and I do it without thinking, elaborating, it’s like my eyes and my hands have an intimate affair with the scissors. And then I let my unconscious mind do the talking by rearranging on the immaculate white paper the pieces that build my dreams, but also my worst nightmares. The collage art is, for me, a way to express my vision on different aspects of romance, regret, nostalgia, joy, materialism, beauty… and everything else that makes up out twisted world. And by doing this, I seek relief, entertainment, comfort, sometimes, even a sweet rush. My mood is reflected within the complexity of the collage design. Sometimes I need those bright colors, mingles contours and pure magic. Other times, I feel like a lot more is expressed by a lot less… It depends. While creating a collage I can get lost in it for hours, time just stops. Pieces of paper could be like musical notes for the eyes that know how to listen”, Mihaela says.