MAGIC REALISM – ROSANNA WEBSTERMay 29, 2014
For our fourth installment of Collective: The UO Journal, we bridge the gap between reality and fantasy and escape into the realms of the obscure in Magic Realism.
To help bring our vision to life we called upon London-based collage artist Rosanna Webster to melt her mind into our newest look-book, creating a series of images only lucid dreams are made of.
We caught up with Rosanna below, and took a peek at a selection of raw 35mm pictures used to inspire her growing collection of collage works.
UO: Hey Rosanna – what kinds of images were conjured into your mind when you first heard the concept Magic Realism?
RW: The UO team were inspired by space and cosmic imagery – I wanted to take this idea and create a sense of an otherworldly landscape, subverting natural colours and bringing in layers of light. For the imagery I was looking for interesting surface textures, patterns and light, as opposed to direct forms.
UO: You’ve treated us to a selection of 35mm pictures you’ve used in the past to create collages – they look amazing. What cameras do use to get such aesthetically pleasing results?
RW: At the moment I switch between an Olympus SLR and a small point and shoot camera. For film I like to use Kodak Portra.
UO: Last year you also created our high-summer look-book. What have you been up to since then?
RW: Lots of fun things, most recently co-directing an interactive music video, designing in-store and window graphics for a Swedish client, and creating a short animation with Adidas Originals. I’m currently finishing up a short film with two friends featuring a contemporary dancer.
UO: What appeals to you most about collaged art? Do you experiment with other forms?
RW: I like pairing images, pulling together colours, textures, and shapes. Recently, I was looking at creating video with an interactive element, considering how the viewer could be involved, it was really fun.
UO: We heard you studied illustration at Brighton University. Do those skills transfer to your current style?
RW: The course was not traditional in its approach to Illustration; my work changed direction about halfway through so my final show was already more focused on collage, film and photography. I’d love to revisit earlier approaches now.
UO: Hollywood call up and are like, “Rosanna, we’re making a film called Magic Realism and we want you to write the script”. What’s your plotline and who’s your leading actor/actress?
RW: I’d definitely go with a remake or sequel to Labyrinth. We’ll get David Bowie back of course.
Head back to Collective: The UO Journal.