Stephan Ferreira

Stephan Ferreira’s charming collages play with the manipulation of memory and the rearrangement of nostalgic scenes into new, artificial contexts.

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The act of remembering often resonates more for me than the experience itself. I begin to enjoy the experience once it stops moving, loses it’s context and is encapsulated into just one snapshot. A snapshot controlled and placed into a box of ideas.

Recalling these memories involves handling and sorting, with the result inevitably being pieces folded over, stuck together or misplaced. Eventually what remains is less a memory and more of a creation made up of borrowed scraps, stories I tell myself and the ghostly sensory bits I might have imagined.

It is in that space that I try to create my images. Some of the photographs used in my collages are dear to me. Many are not. But I enjoy manipulating existing figurative imagery until it has been overwrought, forgotten and remembered again. Until that affinity develops into a color, a shape, or an impression.

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Stephan Ferreira is a visual artist based in Portland, Ore. 

See more of his work here:

stephanpferreira.com
https://instagram.com/ateephan/

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