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.

A Conversation with Photographer Brooke DiDonato Explores the Process and Inspiration Behind Her Surreal Imagery

February 4, 2020

At once arresting, humorous, and mysterious, NYC based photographer Brooke DiDonato discusses her approach to composition and color in her unmistakably original images. She examines the ideas of surrealism and magic realism found in her work, the deep lines of inspiration drawn from her family, and her observations of the world around her.

Rob Woodcox Discusses His Boldly Energetic Conceptual Photography of the Human Form

January 13, 2020

Photographer Rob Woodcox sits down with our editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson to discuss his masterfully composed images of the human body, his deep commitment to social awareness in his practice, and his upcoming book “Bodies of Light.”

Magnhild Kennedy Shares the Story Behind her Lavish and Mysterious ‘Damselfrau’ Masks

December 16, 2019

Magnhild Kennedy, a Trondheim, Norway-born artist based in London since 2007, creates spectacular masks as ‘Damselfrau.’ Her ornate creations defy cultural boundaries with found materials customized into wearable works of art. Kennedy documents each mask with a self-portrait photograph. Colossal contributor Laura Staugaitis talked shop with Kennedy, learning about her evolution as a self-taught artist.

Portrait Artist Bisa Butler Shares Her Passion For Visual Storytelling, and Using Fabric Like Paint

December 2, 2019

Colossal Managing Editor Laura Staugaitis spoke with acclaimed artist Bisa Butler about the influence of her family’s cross-cultural heritage, her breathtaking method of “painting with fabric,” and the recent explosion of fiber arts in the mainstream art world.

Artist Brothers Icy & Sot Discuss their Global Perspective on Producing Socially Engaged Artwork

November 18, 2019

Colossal Managing Editor Laura Staugaitis meets with Brooklyn-based, Iranian-born artists Icy + Sot to dive into their experience creating socially aware work across the world, and working collaboratively as siblings.

Ai Weiwei and Examining the Humanitarian Crisis Captured in his Documentary Film ‘Human Flow’

November 1, 2019

Colossal editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson sits down with Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei in Chicago to discuss his documentary film Human Flow. The artist discusses his process, motivations, and offers a critique of how various nations are currently responding to the global refugee crisis.