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Gibsons, British Columbia
After a lengthy career as a freelance photographer/graphic designer my interest in photo manipulation became my passion. I would experiment with different films stocks, such as infra-red and Polaroid films. Then taking the polaroids to create an Emulsion Transfers image.
Looking for the new ‘altering’ image techniques, I moved into digital collage. This method gave me a wealth of manipulation tools to create those one of a kind images I so truly desired. This work has evolved into an array of products namely, greeting cards, colorful one of a kind memory collage books, and mixed media collages on canvas.
My work has been seen over the years in various exhibitions in Vancouver, Seattle and the Sunshine Coast.
Burnaby, British Columbia
Digital collage, mixed media collage
I consider myself both a collage artist and a storyteller. Sometimes my work is a short story, sometimes it’s a novel. But it’s always surreal, full of colors and shapes and observations about the absurdity of daily life.
My practice grew from my love of making photo collages in my former career as a graphic artist, designer and photo editor on daily newspapers in Vancouver and on magazines in Central Europe – only now I do this by hand, using my own photos combined with historical images and paper in a dreamlike form of narrative. The ability to layer images with colors and textures, historical maps, newsprint and found items inspires me to create multi-layered landscapes of both fiction and history. I love to work with the bizarre, the comical, the outlandish – while working, I always keep the words of an artist who inspires me, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, in the back of my mind: “You can do anything. Nothing is forbidden.”
My work has appeared in galleries and online shows in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Analog collage, mixed media collage
Surya Govender is a writer, textile and paper artists living on the unceded territory of the the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, in East Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is the parent of two wonderful children and co-founder of The Learnary, a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to creating opportunities for learning and curiosity for all ages.
Surya works with words, thread, paint and collage techniques to tell stories that she hopes will amuse, surprise, and challenge. She loves to explore the aspects of our lives that go unnoticed, the mundane experiences that quietly shape us and the world in which we live. Her creative process is a curation, of sorts - she follows the images and ideas that are in front of her and is always surprised by what happens. Accidental juxtapositions are often more effective than deliberate ones. She does her best to follow the accidents.
My art explores the underlying, personal narratives that share a universality of themes: vulnerability, loss, resilience, and hope.
I seek to integrate the deeply personal with the larger inevitabilities of life and I am drawn to reshaping historical materials, already rich with meaning, in order to generate multiple layers of interpretation in fresh conceptual and emotional contexts.
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
I only create analog collage using paper, scissors and glue.
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