Who is Gloria Sánchez and what does she do?
Gloria Sánchez is a Spanish illustrator and designer living and working in Czech Republic. Vintage lover, adventurous, vegan, creative and sensitive person who wants to provide you with new visual experiences and sensations and communicate with you through the stories of her collages.
When did you first start playing around with collage as an art form?
Since I was very small I loved to cut and paste pieces from all kind of magazines and newspapers. Around 2 years ago was the moment that I decided that this is the direction that I want to go, thanks to a collaborative project "Los Días Contados", where a group of collage artist create a collage a day from the same image.
Who and/or what inspires you and your work?
Inspiration is everywhere, but mostly I find my inspiration in the greatness of the Universe, Nature, metaphysics, spirituality, esoterism, science fiction or mythology.
Some artists that inspire me are Joseph Cornell, Randy Mora or Eugenia Loli.
What's your creative space like?
I work at home. My work space consist in two big tables in L shape, a laptop, big screen, a wacom tablet, a bunch of notebooks, pens, post-it notes, a cactus plant, an A3 printer and an inspiration wall with quotes, images and goals. Minimalist and comfortable.
How would you describe your creative style or theme?
A mix of surreal, whimsical and kitsch.
What are some key things you consider when creating pieces?
A great composition and the color scheme is the key. Also, I consider important to make the collage aesthetically pretty.
Without giving up all your secrets, what is your artistic process when creating a work?
I scroll down on my digital collection of images, I choose one and I start to play around it. I never know how it's going to finish. It's more like improvisation. Sometimes I have in my mind a very clear image of what I want to create and then I search for the correct pieces to put them together.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Hmm... Good question... I would love to collaborate with Versace, the luxury fashion company, to create an exclusive collection of clothes and accessories with my collages on the fabric.
Aside from creating your artworks, what else keeps you busy?
Life keeps me busy. Expanding knowledge, traveling, spending time with my husband, family and friends, books, podcasts, watching good movies or working out in the gym, my other passion, fitness.
Any recent, current or future projects we should know about?
I have a solo exhibition coming up in May in my hometown in Spain. I'm making a tarot deck and you can see the time lapse videos of all the process in my Youtube channel. As well as I'm working in other projects that I hope to see the light very soon! Also, I would love to collaborate more with other artist to create awesome works, don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested! :)
Based on your experience, what advice would you give someone looking to start making collage art?
My advise is to start doing and enjoy the trip! Do what makes you happy. Doesn't matter if it is analog or digital work. Collect a bunch of images and play with them. Work hard daily and be consistent!