Techniques of collage can be traced back to the invention of paper in China, around 200 BC, but collage as an art genre was popularized at the beginning of the 20th century. Eugenia Loli’s collages breath new air into the otherwise traditional art form, creating what she calls “modern vintage” collages.
Originally from Greece, and currently based in California, Loli became intrigued with the medium of collage because of its elasticity. “It’s neither pure photography, nor pure illustration,” she explained in an interview with Forth Magazine. “It comes with both its pluses and its disadvantages.”
Though her work is more oftentimes than not surreal, her collages form a sort of narrative – with a greater meaning being formed. “It’s important for me to ‘say’ something with my artwork, so for the vast majority of my work there’s a meaning behind them,” says the artist. “I usually do this via presenting a ‘narrative’ scene in my collages, like there’s something bigger going on than what’s merely depicted. Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, some times it’s horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, some times it’s chill. I leave it to the viewer’s imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot.”
Featured in top tier publications like the New Yorker, GQ, and Oprah Magazine, and followed by more than 164k fans on Instagram, there’s a clear thirst for the imaginative worlds she creates.