Day 17 – Frank Moth
Frank Moth is a collaboration of two artists from Greece who keep their real identities confidential which makes them even more intriguing! The largest piece of artwork in my house is a tapestry by Frank Moth (We Used To Live There) so it’s a huge privilege for me to have them be part of this feature!
Are you a self-taught artist, or what studies did you do to get where you are today?
The main person behind Frank Moth is self-taught. He has been designing for years under another name, creating various pieces of art-collages and compositions, always experimenting and evolving through the process.
What tools, programs and apps do you love or cannot live without?
Photoshop is our go-to tool for everything, although in the past we tried our hand in Illustrator. When we first started, we had a super-old version of Photoshop and a very narrow office space that could barely fit a mouse on and this made for such an unforgettable experience, since you had to be creative in order to create without issues.
As for apps, we love our Instagram 🙂 We do not have Facebook on our phones.
There is a wonderful green cutting board along with various vintage paper clippings that wait to be glued. We love these but have not gotten around using them for analogue collage pieces.
Your art provides inspiration to so many others. What or who inspires you?
This is a question that has so many answers. Our inspiration is anything that seems out of date. Old ads, vintage apparel and furniture, covers on science fiction books that our parents and grandparents had (like vintage Bell novels). Of course everything is combined with our presence in the world today and this creates the retrofuture feeling in our collages. As for who has inspired us, we have always admired the work of Mark Weaver, Douglas Hale, Jesse Treece.
Can you describe your process including how long a piece of art or photography takes you from concept to complete?
Sometimes we do not have a concept in mind. Sometimes we start with a concept but it just does not work out, so we go back to it after a while. This could take months. Sometimes a random placement of one object leads to an unexpected great new idea. It is not possible to actually tell how long each piece will take to finish because of all of these processes.
What part of your process do you love the most?
The best part of the process is that point when you have already given time to the piece and you see it forming into something even better than what you initially thought. There are so many wonderful expectations that even when you stop for the day, you can’t wait until it’s time to go back to the piece and finish it. Most of the times though it ends in disappointment, because often it just does not feel right.
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you would be doing for work?
Well, we would be obviously doing something we would not love as much and which we would most probably quit. We are very good at quitting!
Who is the most fascinating or inspiring person you have met or worked with?
The most fascinating and inspiring person we have met is one another. We have very different tastes, we don’t see eye to eye, our backgrounds are very different, we are difficult people. But, we inspire each other and the fact that we continue to grow and work together is fascinating in itself.
Name an underrated artist
We really can’t answer this question because there are different definitions of acceptance or ratings for every artist. So, we could name someone, but they may not consider themselves as underrated, due to their different definition of what makes an artist underrated.
What artwork of yours are you most proud of?
To be completely honest, when an artwork is finished we may think that it is the best art we have ever created, but then after a while we see it and we are not so enthusiastic about it.
However, we feel so immensely proud of our “We Used To Live There” collage, because it touched so many people and in so many ways and we are thankful for that.
What’s next in the professional pipe works for you?
We want to start organizing some exhibitions of our collages. Not many details are solid yet, but we would like to start in the near future.
Bonus fun questions
– What is your pet peeve?
– What is your current favourite album?
Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – Ruler Rebel
– Apart from art, what is your favourite thing to do?
We are huge fans of today’s pop culture so our favourite pastime is catching up with old and new series. Larry David rules!
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