“I consider my art practice as a mixture of illustration and collage,” says artist Naomi Vona.
Naomi Vona is a professional artist from Italy based in London. The artist describes herself as an “archival parasite, with no bad intentions”. She combines different interests like photography, collage, and illustration in her artwork. In each of her works, she incorporates three elements: her life background, her inspirations, and her unconscious mind, which is also what connects them all.
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A mixture of illustration and collage
Naomi Vona is inspired by the historic art movements of Dadaism, Surrealism, and Pop Art. She says she mixes them up together in her creative process. “I also love abstract art, but I don’t have a particular mentor to get inspiration from,” Naomi adds.
Altering vintage and contemporary images
Naomi Vona’s research is focused on altering vintage and contemporary found images, creating a new interpretation of the original shots. Using pens, paper, washi tape, and stickers she gives to every image a new life.
Altered vintage portraits || “Ready to Fly”
Naomi Vona just finished a series called “Mongolfiere” (Hot-air Balloons), which is a sketchbook filled with altered vintage portraits “ready to fly”.
“I wanted to imagine the extension of each photo as an imaginary abstract world,” she says. Each subject represents a floaty and colorful balloon that walks freely into time and space.
“Gli Strappi Sui Muri” || Tears On the Wall
A few months ago Naomi Vona started a series called “Gli Strappi Sui Muri” (Tears On the Wall), which is an ongoing series. It’s about personal research on memories and “history layers”. She wanted to imagine a wall where their memories (the photo) get slowly covered by time, represented by paper stripes and paint interventions. “Every time we look at a picture it changes in time and space, revealing us a new layer,” Naomi says.
Naomi Vona is also working on another series called “Unpaid Sickness”, where she is altering a fashion magazine. This series came to life thanks to three distinct but connected events that happened in Naomi’s personal life. “I also wanted to represent all the feelings encapsulated into these life events: frustration, forgetfulness, and oddness,” she says.
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