Interview with Collage Artist Jay Riggio
interview with collage artist jay riggio
June 22, 2018
Give us a little insight into your background. Where did you grow up and how did you get into art?
I grew up in Long Island, New York. My interest in art evolved during my formative years. I grew up was obsessed with skateboarding. It taught me to look at the my surroundings creatively. The world sees an insignificant ledge or curb and a skateboarder sees endless possibility.
I’ve always experienced strong emotions. As a kid, I never knew where exactly to put them. When I began experimenting with composition through photography, drawing and painting, I found a permanent place for all the fleeting feelings I felt.
What's the inspiration and process behind your collages?
I don’t know if you could call it inspiration, but I’m driven to create by the unpredictable emotions and thoughts that live inside me. For me, I’m trying to capture a flicker of beauty or sadness or laughter that may have moved me. I think I strive to capture a spark of feeling that might move one to tears.
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring artist, what would it be?
My advice would be to follow your heart. Find why lies deep inside you and do your best to explore what’s there.
What are you currently working on? Any upcoming projects/works?
Right now I’m working on new graphics for LoveSick Skateboards. I currently have work on display at South St Gallery in Brooklyn. I’ll also have work in the Spoke Art Miyazaki show in August.
What are your short-term and long-term goals—both for your art career and yourself?
If I allow myself to think of things long-term, I tend to panic and lapse into a depression. The future is unknown, and if I allow it, it’ll scare me into paralysis. I exist best when I’m focused strictly on today. And today, all I know how to do is make art.