If the name sounds familiar, and a name like this sticks, it is because you have read of Melancholie (mit Monstern) before, here on KALTBLUT. Melancholie (mit Monstern) is the artistic duo Nicola and Riccardo. Together they create the most breathtaking collages. Melancholie represents, through a multiform language (Collage, T-shirt, pin buttons, magnets), the gothic, suspended, metaphysical and ironic side of images and things.
KALTBLUT: How did all this start?
Nicola: The project Melancholie (mit Monstern) was born on a rainy Fall two years ago. Actually since I was a child I had an imagination and attraction to the kaleidoscopic world of shapes and colours combined together… giving shape to my dreams and touch them in a tangible way through physical representation. So, two years ago, after a long time spent living and, unknowingly storing suggestions, on a boring afternoon I felt the strong urge to return and get back to “playing” with papers and glue.
KALTBLUT: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Nicola: The process of inspiration is something cathartic. Almost inexplicable. As far as I’m concerned they are the shapes, colors, history, literature, a feeling of joy, of pain, the face of a friend, a sound … everything around me is challenging. Once the suggestion took shape in my head, quickly I realised the work trying to reproduce it exactly as I saw it floating in my imagination. Paper and glue are my allies and with their help I can realize my mental drawing.
KALTBLUT: Why did you choose collages?
Riccardo: ” With paper, glue and scissors it almost seems that the “Idea”, so uncertain and elusive, becomes more concrete…by touch. The joints of different pieces of paper, with their different colors are…sexy.. to see and touch.
KALTBLUT: How would your portrait look in a collage of yours?
Nicola & Ricardo: There’s a lot of us in our collages … love, philosophy, our country (Italy) but also the gothic, grotesque and comforting melancholy of a rainy afternoon with a cup of orange tea.
Interview by Emma E. K. Jones