Francisca Pageo is a Spanish artist devoted to cut and paste. Not that kind of boring and unimaginative ‘cut and paste’ one could make when in front of a screen, but the real one, which involves using scissors and glue in order to create collages from and for a better world. Also known as Misspaq, Francisca plays with her curiosity, intuition, passion and photography knowledge so as to produce good vibrations on the viewer, as well as composing inspiring colourful images.
Her love for literature is reflected on her last exhibition where we can see her redesigned covers of famous books. Self-defined as a utopian, she doesn’t deny her collages could be someday used on stage.
Yes, I do! Curiosity and artistic self-processing is my main goal while creating. I consider these things important because they bring passion into my creative life as well as into my personal life. I am someone who’s keen on constantly improving.
Collage is a composition method used to reunify different elements to create a new one, and that is something I love: using existent things to come up with new ones. Collage is my favorite technique because it helps me find calmness and peace while I'm working and I get to feel all these emotions... Taking photos is different, it’s as if something’s missing. Collage, definitely, gives me a greater satisfaction.
Yes, it is. I enjoy working with these terms because I consider myself a true dreamer. I live in a dream world but I can also see the fatalism going on real life. Using these terms I can reflect the magic I live with on my day to day. I think it's important for artists to show their emotions through their artwork so they can connect with other people.
You can find the illustrations of some of the books I've read and I've been influenced by. They are not my favorite ones but, for some reason, they caught my attention and I thought it would be great to show covers of my own. Besides, I’m a book lover and I think it's important they have proper editions. In other words, I love a book not only because of its contents but also for its cover. Being this the first thing you see in a bookstore or library, I think it should be made beautiful and attractive to the reader.
Yes, obviously it is! I've been a utopian since I was child. I've always dreamed of a happier and more beautiful world with people who think about their lives and how they grow up... By creating new imagery I can build-up my own world. People often tell me they feel more calmed and relaxed after having seen my artwork, and that’s already a change on our stressful lives. So yes, I'm a utopian and it makes me glad if I can help improve our present reality.
I think the analogue method is more relevant to my work. All my digital pieces have a previous analogue manipulation to them and, without it, they wouldn't be what they are. Also, I love working with my hands and holding the scissors and staining my fingers with glue.
In short term, I'd like to keep experimenting with video and animation so as to improve my skills within this area. In long term, I'd love to make a theatrical set. To cut/fold/paste giant cardboards and make new worlds on stage.
Yes and no. Some people might get interested in these things, but not necessarily. There are people who are attracted to art because they can find their emotions and feelings in the artwork, but also, because they can see beauty in it. Beauty is in nature, fashion and cinema, but it’s also present in our daily and interior life.
I'm currently working on my first music video for Nühn music, which I’m willing to show as soon I can. I’m also working on some land artworks related to “objects” in nature, such as branches, flowers, trees... And finally, I’m also preparing some new small collage animations.