MARK JASON WESTON - artist
Collages are a quiet bottleneck for the entire spectrum of creative endeavors. Transcending fashion, art, photography and design, they can parlay humor as effortlessly as power and thought. Mark Jason Weston is a Philadelphia-based creative who explores the reaches of his medium, making work that can hit any note of emotion. We had to catch up with him to share and showcase his fantastic work...
Who are you?
Mark Jason Weston. I'm 45 years old, living in Philadelphia.
Describe your medium & process for your photos...
I'm an image junkie and I used to write poetry. My collages are a kind of visual translation of bits of poetry that I still write in my head.
How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
Through poetry, again. It informs a lot of what I do when I try to make an image. I want to provoke a bit, make you laugh, feel nostalgic. I got to meet Howard Hussey when I catalogued a large chunk of his extensive book collection. He was an assistant to Joseph Cornell. Now I own a few books on Cornell's work. And John Stezaker and Ray Johnson I can look at every time.
What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
Not knowing what image will be next that I can be pleased with, that does what I want it to do. What do I struggle with? I want each collage to have multiple meanings. In the end an image should hold the attention of the viewer.
What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
I want to make much larger images collaboratively, or on my own. I'm also going smaller with a series of paper collages on postal stickers for my neighborhood. I want what I do to continue to be seen by a wider audience. I want it at street level as much I want it in more formal spaces.