I’ve never dropped acid. I’ve drank and smoked and popped things, but I’ve never dropped or shot things. It seems like a high you wouldn’t come all the way back from, a trip that’d leave you muttering, gripped with dread forever, seeing the world from a different angle, sideways.
Your work, Three Minutes to Nirvana, is packed with epistemological implications. Where does your investigative quest come from?
I don’t really know. These are ideas that I had cultivated for a long time. Some via my own introspection, other ideas via Star Trek, and some philosophy books. Over a year later I became spiritual, and then that artwork made even more sense for me than when I first made it. That artwork is definitely my best to date.
What or who inspires these ontological works?
Star Trek in the long run, but at the time of the creation of that collage, it was probably John Maus (indie musician, and philosopher).
Your series, Oh L’amour, reminds me of work by collage artist Joe Webb. Both works seem to be a romanticized portrayal of the eternal relationship between man and the universe, or rather, man and his interminable desire to understand and connect with what lies beyond. What are you saying in this series?
My version of the relationship series comes with twists. They’re more sarcastic rather than romantic. Only a few of these collages contain a space element, which is similar to Joe’s work. Most others show more clearly my opinion that relationships are not always 100% what we think they are.
What is it about the medium of collage that intrigues you?
Its surrealness, I guess. It’s neither pure photography, nor pure illustration. It comes with both its pluses and its disadvantages.
Who were your favorite artists and thinkers growing up?
Picasso, Magritte for artists. I always liked Hegel’s ideas too.
What are you currently working on?
Not sure. I’m getting bored with collage, to be honest. I want to try my hand with illustration, and finish that TV script I have in my mind.
What are you going to do after this interview?
Go run for 5 miles. Must get healthier.
Eugenia Loli is a filmmaker and modern vintage collage artist originally from Greece. Her work has been featured in This is Colossal, The Creator’s Project, The Guardian, and many other magazines. She currently resides in California. You can view more at www.cargocollective.com/eugenialoli and buy her work at www.eugenialoli.tictail.com. You can also follow her on Instagram @eugenia_loli.