Q. How does your childhood influence your work?
A. I grew up near a huge Department of Transportation dumping ground/storage facility we called “The Sandpits.” After hours, my brothers and I would trespass, build camps, race our bikes, and make all sorts of fun utilizing what wasn’t made for fun. This taught me to imagine unseen potentials in the world around me, recontextualize, and most importantly: intentionally misuse materials for “play.” I regain that sense, with an adult perspective, when creating collage art.  Also, the seventies and eighties manufactured a weird self-contained cultural bubble of styles and motifs that I am constantly drawn back to, with scissors in hand.

Q. If you were suddenly face to face with Salvador Dali, what would you say?
A. Saint Salvador! Speak to me about shadows, gravity, holy sacraments, the golden desert. What shape first appeared in your mind before painting “The Ascension of Christ”? Infinity can grow in both directions, can’t it? Or does it melt? Would you like to come over for tea and biscuits?

Q. Do your collages speak to you? What do they say?
A. The BEST things they speak of have to do with the hidden connections in all things. They teach me to communicate disturbing beauty and new ways to laugh. Letting me peek at deeper parts of my own brain (or perhaps the collective subconscious?). Sometimes they just say, “Why aren’t you in bed? It’s 2 a.m. We will be here in the morning for you to work on, we promise.”

Tim Manthey’s work hangs at Gainsbourg until January 6th. See it in cyberspace at Cloud Nectar.

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