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interviews to discover and connect with multidisciplinary artists

Agnes Montgomery = Analog Collage + Untold Stories

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Three words that describe you?
I am patientdetailed and layered; just like my collages.

What's your first artistic memory?
I remember I made a big drawing of a witch when I was 4 or 5. She had a big green face and a spider was hanging from her hat. My mom hung it up in the kitchen and it stayed there for a long time. I also remember signing it with my first name but added a whole string of extra letters to the end to make it longer, wrapping the border and filling the background. That's the first drawing I remember my mom hanging up. Others came and went, but the witch stayed.

What was your biggest influence growing up?
Film had a huge influence on me growing up. I was mesmerized by the Wizard of Oz and films by Esther Williams.

What made you realize you wanted to become an artist?
Both of my parents are artists and I was an artistic kid early on. I always liked creating and working with my hands.

Why do you create? What's your message?
I create because it's fun and it stimulates my brain! There's nothing better than to do what you enjoy. Any messages are for the viewer to imagine, they are like scenes of stories untold.

What would you be if you weren't an artist?
I had moments growing up when I fantasized about becoming a synchronized swimmer or an archeologist.

Why is collage your medium of choice?  Are they all analog or do you also make digital collages?
My collages are made by hand from paper. I like the tactile contact and immediate control with small scissors. I enjoy altering the reality of the images, with some reflection of myself. 

What's the first step in your creative process?
A good night sleep and a hearty breakfast.

What's your favorite piece you've made? 
It's always the one I haven't finished yet.

How do you get inspired?
Inspiration is always all around.

Can you tell us more about the Panda Bear cover and your process and inspiration (we read it took you over a year to create it)?
Noah (Panda Bear) sent me one song at a time as he was working on them and I simultaneously made a collage as a visual match. I made 8 total collages, the entire project spanning the course of a year. The first songs were released as singles with their corresponding artwork. The music was all the inspiration I needed, it was a lot of fun. His method in creating the music was similar to mine in that we were both sampling different things, mixing them around and putting them back together.

What's your dream project?
Indeed to have creative freedom is a dream.

Are there any causes that you are passionate about?
Respecting this beautiful planet!

What kind of music do you listen to when you create?
My husband Sebastien Schuller is a musician, so music bounces off the walls in our house. I love many different kinds of music, music strongly influences me.

What is success for you?
Carpe Diem! And always trying your best in every aspect of your life. Success comes from personal satisfaction and creates happiness, not riches.

What are your fantasized collaboration (anyone dead or alive)?
Dries Van Noten

What would you imagine your last words to be?
Later, alligator.

This artist is based in Philadelphia, USA
For more info: agnesmontgomery.com

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Ashley Edes