Who is Maruša Štibelj and what does she do?
She is a passionate collage artist that loves to travel and has her head quite high in the clouds.
When did you first start playing around with collage as an art form?
The first beginnings were at the university during painting classes. Because I was usually forgetting my art supplies at home, I started to pick up all the things that my fellow students had thrown away in the studio. I was also a regular visitor of a big trash box in front of the University. Eventually, even on the days when I had my colors with me I chose not to use it. I had so much more fun putting all the found papers and objects together into a new form – into a Bricollage.
Who and/or what inspires you and your work?
Traveling usually does it for me. Seeing new horizons and meeting new people speeds up imagination.
What's your creative space like?
It’s a mess. Usually there is no free space on the floor as it’s full of old napkins, cut outs from old magazines and newspaper. But somehow I like it that way – messy studio but clear mind ☺.
How would you describe your creative style or theme?
If you look at my work you will see that I do 2 types of collages. One is a “simple” cut and paste but the other one is my own technique that involves layers of old napkins and colored paper. With this technique I try to convince the audience that they are looking at a painted painting and not a collage.
What are some key things you consider when creating pieces?
Usually the main thing is the story behind the collage and the question that the story provokes. I think questioning the world around us is very important as it leads to changes.
Without giving up all your secrets, what is your artistic process when creating a work?
Layers of old napkins and colored papers which I combine with cut outs from old magazines and newspaper.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I would love to work with an animation filmmaker and put my collages into moving pictures.
Aside from creating your artworks, what else keeps you busy?
Making plans with my friends which usually involves nature, movies, deep conversations, silly jokes, coffee, traveling, karaoke singing and all that jazz.
Any recent, current or future projects we should know about?
Right now I am actually trying to incorporate Impressionism in my collages. I would love to do interpretation of Impressionism with modern collage. We will see how it goes ☺.
As far as recent projects, I would point out a collage picture book for grownups called, 'Alice in Wonderself', which I wrote and illustrated during my artist residency in Germany. It’s a story about grown-up Alice who gets a little bit lost in life so she needs to go really deep in her mind – and then the magic happens.
Based on your experience, what advice would you give someone looking to start making collage art?
I think the most important thing with collage is experimenting even when you think you have enough. With every mistake you learn which ones to keep.