One of my favorite psychedelic artists today, Kylea Borges
will be exhibiting her newest geometric paper collage works at BellJar
in San Francisco. She was super rad and gave me some insight to her latest works:
This body of work kind of took shape subconsciously as much of my work probably does. Generally I begin the process by sourcing images that I like, collecting them together and putting them against one another to see what I come up with. When I started working on this project, I quickly noticed that I was drawn to masks and sculptural faces as well as folky bright patterns and colors. Lately I've been experimenting with colored gels whenever I get the chance so it was the obvious choice to take all of these lovely ladies faces and punch them up with a bit of color. The outcome has been some sort of mixture between pop art and mythology.
Her work is done all by hand.
The process of making these works is mostly experimental. I begin with images I like and play with them, mixing and matching. In the beginning there is usual an idea or concept, but as with most artists I imagine, the work shapes itself. Cutting out each of the pieces, especially the tiny repetitive ones can be a challenge so I tend to cut them out as I need them to avoid extra work and to give me little breaks. It's probably not the most efficient process, but it keeps me from losing my mind in the meantime. Once all the pieces I know I'll use are cut, I lay them out and start gluing. From there, I begin drawing in the details. This usually happens very organically. I figure out where the composition needs to be added to or subtracted from and I'll pencil in ideas then draw them in when I'm ready to commit. I tend to go back and forth adding more, thinking its done, then adding more. I tend to think they're never really done, but that's just me. Maybe it's all the glue....
Ha! I think as artists, we've all surely inhaled our share of toxins.
Kylea, a former Bell Jar babe herself, was born and raised on the Central Coast of California and has been in San Francisco for the past ten years. At a young age she started experimenting with collage with the influence of her grandmother and played with it on and off through the years. As an avid collector of vintage and antique objects, she works mainly with old images and papers. Her works with fibers and clothing construction have contributed greatly to her paper treatments and textures. Self-taught in the field of fine arts, taking much of her inspiration and skill from her education in textiles and design; her work has been shown in San Francisco at Mina Dresden Gallery and RVCA as well as abroad at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen. was born and raised on the Central Coast of California.
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Kylea Borges : Daughters of Men, Confounding Geometric Works
Opening Party : Friday, September 19th, 6pm – 9pm
BellJar | 3187 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
on view September 19th, 2014 through late October