What started as a part time hobby of collecting vintage photos and postcards has turned in to a full time profession for Italy-born, Dublin-based artist Naomi Vona.
Vona’s latest project is focused on collages, where she works on vintage found photos and postcards creating a new interpretation of the original shots. Simply using pens, paper, colored tape and stickers, she gives a new life to every image.
“I have been working on collages since 2003, but these kinds of works were born here in Ireland. A couple of years ago I bought lots of vintage photos and postcards from eBay because I’ve always loved to collect things I could build upon at a later stage. I started to play around with the idea of collages and the results have immensely satisfied my senses and I just haven’t stopped since then.”
Vona’s works are a perfect combination between her passion for photography and design. Every artwork is basically composed of three elements: Vona’s past life experiences, her inspirations and subconscious, all three combine to become the glue that puts every artwork together.
“All my works are directly associated with my personal life experiences. I like to create double meanings, play with words and I really love to quote songs, books or movies that I love. Lots of my artworks are titled and directly inspired by them.” Naomi Vona explains.
“The fascination for the past is the key, the flashing colours are the portal. I like to imagine that I have an imaginary portal that brings me into the past every time I desire, and my artworks are the visual proof of my time travel adventures.”