Naomi Vona

London U.K.

Naomi's Story

Why do you create? As a vintage and found materials collector, I have always been truly fascinated by the magic aura of analogue photography. But I soon discovered that my mission was not to collect forgotten memories, but to revamp and throw them into the contemporary era.
How do you work? My art research is mostly focused on collages realised over vintage found photos, postcards and vintage vinyl covers, that are my starting point for the creation of my handmade collages.
I consider myself as a “photo and video archival parasite”, but with no bad intentions. I draw portals on old photos, postcards and vinyl covers, because I believe that in some way they can allow me to travel in time and space.
Has your creative process changed over time, if so, how? I am a tireless art explorer, and in my experimentations I also embraced the photo transfer technique. Unlike the vintage photos, with this technique I can reproduce, enlarge and manipulate the starting image as I want. I also explored the canvas as a medium, a quite unusual thing for me.
Although my interest s mainly focused on figurative art, the decorations done over the vintage portraits are purely abstract forms. Because of this reason, on 2016 I started to work on abstract collages and drawings, mixing and matching my deep interest in geometric and organic forms, combined with paper cuts and bright colours.
Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist? I am a time traveller. The concepts of time and space are quite lost into this equation.
Besides creating, where else do you spend your time? Going to watch exhibitions, movies, concerts.
What inspires you? Every work is basically composed of three elements: my personal life background, my inspirations and subconscious, that is also the glue that puts all together.
What is the first piece of art you remember creating? Not sure if it can be considered an art piece, but I fell in love in creating "stuff" when I was about 3 years old. I remember that I liked to play with a super colorful modelling clay called "Didò".
What does the term art mean to you? It's a very generic word that includes so many things. And they are all beautiful things.
Name three artists that you respect? Jesse Draxler, Julie Cockburn, Hollie Chastain. But the list is pretty long.
What is your favourite piece of artwork? I am into this piece in this period of my life: Joan Miró - Painting - 1927
What is your dream project? Work on super big prints of vintage photos.
Artworks by Naomi