Who is VRSX and what does he do?
VRSX (verse) is a student of life, visual artist, & art director from Raleigh, NC.
When did you first start playing around with collage as an art form?
Well, I've always been an artist since I was a kid and I mainly just did a lot of illustration. When I was 17, I had a good friend of mine who gave me the latest version of Photoshop right before he passed. So I'd stay up every night until at least 4am listening to music and messing around with the program just to see what I could create digitally. It was a realization I had as I incorporated different images together as I saw it in my head. When I was doing it, I honestly didn't know it was an art form or the history behind collage art.
Who and/or what inspires you and your work?
Music is the first thing and before anything else that inspires me. Waves of sound puts a visual map in my mind and sets a mood for me. It's like a hear visuals in a sense, if that makes any sense at all. The second thing is anime, but more of the illustration within it. The last thing is Renaissance paintings that I saw in the art museums back home that my mom took me to when I was 8. I see a lot of those aesthetics manifesting into my vision now. But it's never been a matter of who or a specific artist when it comes to inspiration.
What's your creative space like?
If we're talking a location it honestly depends... I'm usually in one of my lofts that I like to keep mystique. Mainly because they are sacred to me.. The room that I'm in has to be very minimal from color schemes to the furniture. I prefer to have the lights dimmed if not complete darkness. Lately, I've developed a habit of having some anime on mute in the background.
How would you describe your creative style or theme?
This is the hardest thing for me to explain. I would say it ranges due to me being so diverse with what I see and perception. That's where my name "verse" comes from. My theme deals with surreal & darkness, but not in the sense of "goth" or "evil" but rather duality. I like mixing dark and light. My work has a sense of luxury. I've had friends and other artists I've worked with tell me I'm like the modern-day Salvador Dali. So I guess that's another way to explain it.
What are some key things you consider when creating pieces?
Lighting and perspective.
Without giving up all your secrets, what is your artistic process when creating a work?
It involves a lot before I even start something. I used to be able to just sit down and create but now I have to get up every 20 minutes and pace around the room to shuffle through everything in my mind. I create stuff mentally before I move a muscle. Honestly, I believe my process would stress other people out.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Towkio, Clams Casino, SZA, Sam Gellaitry, Chad Knight, Jeff Manning, Alexy Préfontaine, Foster Obasi, & Nike
Aside from creating your artworks, what else keeps you busy?
I'm really into fashion & building aesthetic. If I'm not creating I'm reading and learning. I attend events of other artists that I admire. I'll catch a movie here and there. I search for music & sounds that I've never heard before on SoundCloud. Aside from that, there's other business ventures that keep me occupied.
Any recent, current or future projects we should know about?
There's a lot. I'm usually discrete about these kinds of things. I'll definitely say that I'm working on a very unique collection of merchandise for my brand of visuals. More cover art and collage with music artists (of course). I aspire to release an art book as well once I get publishing sorted out.
Based on your experience, what advice would you give someone looking to start making collage art?
The most important advice I could give is finding yourself in the art. Figure out what you really want out of creating such work and what inspires you. Ask yourself why you're doing it. Those keys alone will help you greatly and also separate you from other collage artists.