Colossal Interviews

In our ongoing interview series, Colossal goes deep with some of our favorite contemporary artists, designers,
and creative personalities from around the world. These conversations are supported directly by our members.

The Founders of the Neon Art Collective ‘She Bends’ Discuss the Womxn at the Forefront of the Trade

August 12, 2020

Since co-founding She Bends, Meryl Pataky and Kelsey Issel have been upending the notion that neon signage is solely a commercial endeavor. Colossal contributor Claire Voon recently spoke with the duo about how COVID-19 has changed the collective’s plans, diversity within the medium, and the role toxic positivity plays in modern messaging.

Artist Roberto Benavidez Shares His Fascination with Paper Sculpture and the Stories Behind His Fantastical Piñatas

May 26, 2020

Harboring an ongoing fascination with the piñata, artist Roberto Benavidez crafts sculptural creatures and scenes from Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings, medieval manuscripts, and landscape photographs. Benavidez recently spoke with managing editor Grace Ebert about how constraint and conceptions of identity impact his work.

Artist Lola Dupré Discusses Change, Technology, and the Financial Pressures of Creative Work

May 19, 2020

Artist Lola Dupré is devoted to the tangible, a dedication that anchors her practice of physically cutting and pasting paper and photographs into surreal collages. She recently discussed her earliest influences, how she’s coping in the current moment, and her fascination with algorithms and data.

A Conversation with Artist Nicolas V. Sanchez Explores His Relationship to Family, Memory, and Identity

April 6, 2020

Known for his unbelievably realistic drawings rendered in ballpoint pen, New York City-based artist Nicolas V. Sanchez discusses his technique and subject matter, which ranges from domestic scenes to farm animals, in a conversation with managing editor Grace Ebert.

Tiffanie Turner Discusses Her Evolving Understanding of Beauty and How the Climate Crisis Impacts Her Realistic Florals

March 23, 2020

San Francisco-based artist Tiffanie Turner chatted with Colossal managing editor Grace Ebert about her relationship to botany, how she manages her time, and the role teaching plays in her work.

Susanna Bauer Examines the Tension Between Strength and Fragility in Her Stitched Leaves

March 2, 2020

Cornwall-based artist Susanna Bauer spoke with Colossal managing editor Grace Ebert about how she sources her materials, her relationship to the natural world, and the ongoing commitment she has to honor the environment.