Collage is such an interesting way to play with pastiche. It’s easy to be playful with disruptive juxtapositions of scale and repetition of form. Cristiana Couceiro is a designer and illustrator living in Lisbon. Not surprisingly, her work is shown is some high profile journals like NYT, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired.
There is a humorous power play in many of her pieces and the nod to Russian Constructivism is timely, all things considered . . .
What appear to be whimsical references in much of her work (the bright colors and simple shapes) upon further reflection strike me as a bit lonely. There is a strong tinge of isolation, a disconnected randomness, and an abandonment or disregard for the natural world.
I love that about it – art that makes you think twice and take another look. It’s looks easy but it’s not simple to make or to “read”.