“Pop Art is for everyone”,  said Andy Warhol and Eliza Alexandropoulou took it upon to herself to make it happen by creating art collage portraits of your favourite celebrities.

What is Cut and Paste?
Cut and Paste is a series of pop art collage portraits. Each portrait is made from different layers of colored cardboards. They are cut like stencils and they are pasted one on top of the other, creating the shadows and characteristics of a figure.

I always liked using scissors and merging images from different printed materials, in order to create a new drawing

What inspired you to start this series?
Well, first of all my admiration for Pop Art. The happiness and excitement one can feel watching a colored piece of art. My love for the collage process. I always liked using scissors and merging images from different printed materials, in order to create a new drawing. Furthermore, I like the cleanliness of the medium. It may seem less artistic for some, but I really find amazing how your own hands, a piece of paper and a cutter can create shapes, images.

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How do you choose your subjects?
It started like a “celebrity” game. Famous people, actors, musicians, painters, politicians or historic figures surround us. They all did a lot during their lifetime, but their face is their strongest weapon; you could even say it’s more popular than their personality. I find very interesting that Einstein’s or Dali’s faces for example, are more famous than their entire work (theories and paintings respectively). Don’t you think?
Well, that was the beginning. After a few exhibitions and friends’ request, I started to “cut and paste” their own portraits. Imagine if every common person can have give strength inside a frame, if everyone could become a potential celebrity.

Which is the best seller of the series?
That’s a really good question! Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol. It looks like crazy idiosyncrasies have the lead!

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I find very interesting that Einstein’s or Dali’s faces for example, are more famous than their entire work

What else do you do besides Cut and Paste?
You got me!  Cut and Paste is a kind of an artistic “hobby” for me. My regular job is stage lighting design. I studied set and costume design at the Fine Arts School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, however stage lighting conquered me. So, for the past 12 years I work mainly as a lighting designer, counting several works in theatre and dance performances in Greece and abroad.

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Where can one find your Cut and Past portraits?
You can mail me in eliza.alexandropoulou@yahoo.gr. And oh! I just created my online shop on Etsy.com (looking forward to get new followers!), so you can have a look there as well.
A new Cut and Paste site is on its way, so, stay tuned!

ELIZA by Efi Gousi_LD

Photo by Efi Gousi

You can see Eliza Alexandropoulou’s stage lighting work, here:
www.elizaalexandropoulou.com