Melissa Moffat An interview by Dario Rutigliano, curator with the collaboration of Josh Ryder firstname.lastname@example.org
Enhancing the expressive potential of juxtaposition, Melissa Moffat invites the viewers to a captivating multilayered experience: in her collages she recontextualizes images unveiling their intimate connections between the reality that we perceive and the ambiguous dimension of our inner world. What mostly impresses of Moffat's approach is the way she accomplishes the difficult task of creatinga concrete aesthetic that engages viewers, while conveying emotional and rational approaches into a consistent, coherent unity. I'm very pleased to introduce our readers to her refined artistic production.
Hello Melissa, and welcome toLandEscape: to start this interview, would you like to tell us something about your background? In particular, are there any experiences that have influenced your evolution as an artists and that impact on the way you currently conceive and produce your works? I studied applied photography at Sheridan college, and worked as a freelance photographer for over fiveyears.That experience and knowledge trained my eye to composition, colour, shape and form. Art has always been a hobby for me, I went though different painting phases, splatter painting to
evenacrylicpainting with my breastsas the brush. I had a lot of magazine around myphoto studioso i started toexperimentwith collage.Once I had started to make the comic book collages and selling them at comic conventions, I was able to reach a largeaudience.I found most people really liked my work. Thepositivereactionhelped to push me to takemy art more serious, create moreart and work to get it out there. It was no longer a hobby, i was going to make it acareer. I also have a BA inpsychologyandreligionandculture from Wilfird Laurier University which mayinfluencemy art in some way. Then most recently my move to Montreal has really inspired me andI'veexperimentedwith differentpublications and themes. Before starting to elaborate about your production, would you like to tell to our readers something about your process and set up for making your artworks? In particular, what technical aspects do you mainly focus on your work? And how much preparation and time do you put in before and during the process of creating a piece? My Collages are quite time consuming and involve many steps, the amount of time will vary depending on the size and materials used. To begin I have to find my materials, rip out the pages and then cut everything up.So I can spend days cutting before I even get to the creation. I have ADD though so my hands like to be busy, and i listen to audiobooks while i'm Juerg Luedi