As I constantly search and learn, collage has become a tool to face my day-to-day life with a fresh and optimistic vision of the world. In general, the ideas for making a collage flow spontaneously, reflecting to a large extent how I am or how I feel. It has become an exercise in channeling my emotions regarding current issues, allowing me to communicate with images what is so difficult for me with words. Collage makes me be myself, sometimes transgressive, emotional, libertarian, or an interpreter of other people’s feelings and emotions.
It is simply wonderful to capture, between cutouts, designs and colors, a message that, in the eyes of each individual, has that very personal meaning, reaching from sight to all their senses and, I hope, to their innermost self.
Gaba Lamas is an architect, collagist and passionate artist. She is the co-founder of @tijeras_encantadas, a women’s collagist community, and @collagepalooza, the first Latin American Collage Festival, created and presented in Antofagasta, Chile, May 2021. Through her social media platform, she shares visions, experiences and opinions; always with the conviction of constant evolution and growth, both personal and collective. It was just in 2020 when she decided to make this work formal and she conceived of a space where she could share her creations, creating her alter ego, Gaba Lamas, as a trademark. She was published in Antología de Collage-Chile by CECOLL; in NANAI, an independent Chilean publication and her work was also shared on well-known Instagram accounts. In 2021-2022, she was showcased on the Balmaceda ArteJoven Antofagasta website and at the Museo GAM in Santiago de Chile. Gaba Lamas is currently developing new expositions and workshops.