Tom has this sense of character and individuality that I find really interesting. One of his recent (and favourite) projects includes what he calls "bundles," which are small pieces of art layered on top of each other. I think they are beautiful, and although a bit strange, a wonderful idea. He has a strong understanding of texture, and I love how he uses sealing wax and moths in his pieces--they make each bundle live and breathe.
Flickr, moglu.carbonmade.com, moglubundles.blogspot.com
Berlin, Germany (originally from the UK)
Q: Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A: The beautiful scraps and layers that make up everyone.
Q: What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!
A: I use mostly plain paper, a mixture of found and vintage with a tendency for thin paper which lets the layers come through. I like old books, newsprint, hand painted colours, and the subtle differences of 'plain' paper.
Q: How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?
A: I've always collected paper, and made collage, but started in this style around 2004, making constructivist style book jackets.
Q: Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?
A: I've always worked a part time job to pay the rent, recently these have included Museum Guide, Web Researcher, and, bizarrely, Selling Cheese to the Queen of England.
Q: Do you have any formal art training?
A: I went to Camberwell College of Art, and then Falmouth College of Art.
Q: Explain your favourite techniques.
A: Layering, colour theory, geometric designs, tearing instead of scalpel or scissors, markmaking, recycling. Working in a circular format or on found wood.
Q: Describe your favourite piece ever created.
A: The collection of 42 bundles. A really exciting series to work on: Wrapped up and hidden in many layers of paper are notes, pieces of wire, moths, leather bindings from books, scraps of lace I found in a skip, paper from my childhood or ruined books or sealing wax and wooden blocks. Each bundle is like an individual person.
Q: What other artists do you admire?
A: Joseph Beuys, Kasmir Malevich, Kurt Schwitters, Thomas Demand, CyTwombly, Robert Rauchenberg, Fluxus.