Digital artist Eugenia Loli hails from Greece and currently resides in California. After dabbling in a few fields (Nursing, Computer Programming, Filmmaking) she ultimately decided to use her skills as an animator to produce wonderful, mind-bending collages. I loved her work so much that I even decided to use her piece "No More Galaxies for Today, Timmy!" as the cover art for my first release "Promenade Through the 4th Dimension".
In this brief interview, I ask Eugenia about how she handles the reception she has received as of late and she gives some tips for other artists out there.
Prox: How does a piece typically begin for you? What are some of the emotions that you usually experience before, during, and after it's conception. Where does the inspiration come from?
Eugenia: I don't have emotions about it, I just have a need and a drive to make a collage. I wake up, and I must do a collage. It's almost mechanical for me. I must do it, because when it's complete, it offers me a pleasure similar to when you complete a Tetris level.
Prox: Your work seems to have been embraced wholeheartedly by the internet. Numerous cultures (Psychedelic, Marijuana, Artistic, etc) have shared and celebrated your pieces. How does such warm reception make you feel as an artist?
Eugenia: I would not be doing art if people didn't react to my work. I don't see the point of doing things without sharing them and enjoying them together. So I'm very grateful that people seem to like my work. Sometimes, it feels that this is the only real connection I have with the world: my work.
Prox: What are some favorites from your catalogue? Is there one creation that you hold near and dear to your heart. What's the story behind it?
Eugenia: "Three Minutes to Nirvana" is my best and deepest work of all. I don't think that I will ever do something as deep, because simply, I have nothing more to say. That artwork says it all, in terms of what I want to say.
Here's the explanation for it:
Prox: What are some tips you'd give to aspiring artists?
Eugenia: If they want to make art they want, they should. If they want to make money off their art, they need to incorporate "pop" elements. That doesn't necessarily mean that they need to sell out, but they'd definitely need to make changes if they're after wide acceptance. Also, they need to be very strong about marketing their work online, using the right tags, links, description etc.
You can view and purchase more of Eugenia's work here.