Materials of Kika Pierides

These series are a reflection of the artists’ workflow and the way they use the materials during creating. Artists are surrounded by materials (or in art terminology: media) that help them to create what they have in mind. Real artists know their tools from the inside and outside. It’s these tools that provide the freedom to bring their artistic vision to life. Today, we talk to Kika Pierides

Location: London, United Kingdom

Inspired by: El Greco to Turner, Escher to Mary Delany – a very broad range indeed

Unique fact: Used to sell Microstock Photography and became a contributing photographer at Getty Images


SHC: could you describe your art in one sentence?

Kika: I create collages and use paper which is mainly brightly coloured and neon.


SHC: What medium or media do you use?

Kika: After graduating as a Fine Artist I went into Microstock Photography which provided  me with the opportunity of learning how to use Photoshop. Doing so altered how I looked at colours as a Fine Artist. After all, I went from mixing colours on a palette to a computer screen and doing this made me appreciate the luminous qualities of colours that I had not experienced before. This combined with looking at the work of Camille Walala convinced me that I wanted to test out using bright colours in my work and brightly coloured paper was the most immediate way of testing things out.


SHC: Why did you choose this type of medium?

Kika: I initially chose to create collages using paper after returning from a 15 year break from Art. I wanted to ease my way into the creative process by using a medium which I could easily experiment or sketch out my ideas with. The irony is that what begun as sketching out ideas ended up being my actual work. I was in fact getting ready to screen-print several of my pieces but due to the Coronavirus outbreak I could not which only spurred on my creating using this medium as a focal point!


SHC: Did you learn valuable lessons about this material, since you started using it?

Kika: Yes – there are many tips I could offer but the biggest one is however much you study there is no better teacher then learning through trial and error. A good example of an incident where this applies is when I displayed my collage work in the window of my studio for a month to discover that doing so can discolour it which harks back to why they tell you not to take pictures in museums – because it does just that (it discolours it). So in order to protect your collages, if this is what you create or want to create, do make sure to store your images in a black box or portfolio – anything to keep it away from bright light. Failing this, hang it in dimly lit or indirectly lit areas.


SHC: Can you share an experience or situation where the medium came into its own?

Kika: I have learned a lot about creating collages using paper – it is such a versatile medium. You can use the medium to create images just as you would with paint. A lot of people actually paint the paper to attain the exact colours they are after but I just use the paper straight out of the box. I like creating with prepared colours because of the challenge of matching up the colours and how odd this can sometimes appear, as you may notice by looking at my work.

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