FROM KOLAJ 29
Excavations, Projections & Depth, Part II
A conversation between artists Clive Knights and Andrea Burgay evolved from a discussion planned for Kolaj Fest New Orleans in 2019. Introducing the atypical collage practices of both artists, the dialogue focuses on the use of physical methods of excavation as a metaphor for ideas that drive their work. Part One appeared in Kolaj 28 and featured Burgay interviewing Knights.
Fragmentation is a commonality of our human experience. The process of attaching, mending and unifying physical fragments in collage is a metaphor for psychological integration.
Knights: In my own recent ventures in what I call “light-ray excavations”, a term and practice admittedly inspired by Ben DiNino’s “biblioexcavations”, I use the term “excavation” to refer to a struggle for new possibilities of manifesting depth in the work, alongside a sense of unplanned discovery. There seems to be an excavational dimension to your work with material—layering, peeling, uncovering, burying, revealing, concealing, digging-in and piling-up—and I am intrigued to know what you believe this characteristic contributes to the success of your work.
Burgay: My most recent works create an imagined past in which accumulations of paper materials hold secrets and lost truths which can be revealed by peeling back the layers and digging for the right clues. It is unclear whether the unearthing process reveals repressed, forgotten memories or imagined, idealized notions of the past.