Star Trek, John Maus, and Epistemology: An Interview With Eugenia Loli

Written & Curated by Lilly Ball

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eugenia loli

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. 

Visual artist Eugenia Loli’s surreal collage works are a celebration of psychedelia and incongruity – a slapdash collision of stock images and textures, of ideas and influences. Often embellished with a tough sarcasm and wit, her works play like a visual narrative from her unique perspective. The artist clearly sees the world from a different angle.

 

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.


Eugenia loli artist“Three Minutes to Nirvana” from Three Minutes to Nirvana.

Eugenia loli artist“Inappropriate Business Offer” from Three Minutes to Nirvana.


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).

 

Eugenia loli artist“High Attitude” from Farscapes.

Eugenia loli artist“Manufactured Paradise” from Farscapes.


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.

 

Eugenia loli artist“Gold Digging” from Oh L’amour.

Eugenia loli artist“A Creek Between Us” from Oh L’amour.

Eugenia loli artist“Kundalini” from Oh L’amour.

 

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.

 

Eugenia loli artist“Normalization” from Mind Alterations.

eugenia loli“Deep Shave” from Mind Alterations.


Who were your favorite artists and thinkers growing up?
Picasso, Magritte for artists. I always liked Hegel’s ideas too.

 

Eugenia loli artist“Conjoined” from Worshiped Women.


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.


About

Lilly Ball joined FORTH Magazine as Art Director/Brand Manager in the Fall of 2014. She is interested in writing, people, and the forest. lilly@forthmagazine.com.


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