Meet the Maker: Jaume Serra Cantallops
One of the best parts of this Meet the Maker series is getting to know different artists and staying in contact with them. I was chatting with Andrea Castro (you can find her feature here from a few weeks ago), and we were discussing some of her favorite artists when she introduced me to Jaume, and I'm so happy she did. Jaume has an eye for collage work that I didn't know was even possible, and is effortlessly cool. Whether he is piecing together old magazines or DJing on the weekend, I think we may have stumbled on to the ultimate cool guy.
Everyone has a different path to finding their creative rhythm and becoming an artist. What got you started?
I started almost by chance. At the end of 2013 my girlfriend (artistic photographer) gave me a quick photoshop lesson in 10 minutes. From that moment on I began to experiment and to imagine all kind of landscapes and personages.
During that period I started to collect old magazines from the end of the 19th century till the 30s. It was a magic combination at the perfect moment. From those magazines started to come out with ideas, characters, inspiration, wisdom, etc. I don't have any kind of artistic formation.
I am a huge fan of the boldness of your work. I love the layering and narrative the viewer can connect with each piece. Where do you draw inspirations from?
Thank you for your words! Sometimes inspiration appears out of the blue. Other times I wake up at night, I guess because of a nightmare, and then a concrete idea for a collage appears.
How I told you earlier, the fact of collecting those magazines (I have more than 3000) suppose a great inspiration, and it is where a lot of the ideas appear to allow me to continue with the development of the artwork. Occasionally the beginning of the process doesn't look like the final result at all.
Where would you like to see your artistic career in the next 5 years?
The artists that inspired me the most (and keeps inspiring me) in my early days is Julien Pacaud.
I would like to keep working in what I like, to keep making a living from it, keep evolving as an artist and as a person. Foremost I want people to keep liking what I do.
Health for my people. I'd like to learn to cook lots of vegetarian dishes and keep living in my particular paradise: Mallorca.
Do you have a piece of advice that really stuck with you through your artistic journey so far?
A thing that was engraved on me was "follow your instincts. Your artistic innocence makes you do shameless things, since you don't have preconceived ideas like Fine Art's students, so you don't put barriers to the creation."
When you're not creating, what are you typically up to? Any other interests?
Normally I organize my collection of magazines, newspapers, and old papers in general. I spend hours looking for possible elements or characters for future artworks.
I also spend at least an hour a day looking for songs for my sessions. Mostly in summer, during weekends I occasionally work as a DJ of funk music, jamaican, latin groove, electronic...
I love reading, even though lately I don't read as much as I should. I'm also a TV series fanatic.
I should get back to my liking for the mountain-bike.
Last but not least, who are some artists and makers out there that you think we should know about?
JULIEN PACAUD: his artworks are simply amazing. I love his style.
CHEMA MADOZ: superb Spanish surrealist photographer.
MAR AGÜERA: yes, she's my girlfriend, but she's the best! Take a look at her artwork!!!