FROM KOLAJ 34
An Artist Attempts to Understand Human Perception of Reality
Belarusian collagist Katia Burak uses collage to explore ideas about reality and illusion. Her collage, Living Space, is on the cover of Kolaj #34 and inside the issue Burak unpacks her thinking on the topic. She writes, “Collage has a Surrealist and postmodern nature at the same time. That’s why I am so attracted to it. It is fascinating to see the borders between different images assembled together into a new piece.”
Using collage, I go beyond a graphic representation of the illusion. I reinvigorate the illusion with pieces of reality. I continue my inquiry by creating enigmatic stories or characters. At this point, I can turn to any subject. Every time I change the visual angle, I give a chance to the observer to uncover the shroud of mystery of their perception.
Katia Burak is Belarusian with Polish roots. She studied at the Minsk State Gymnasium College of Arts and at the Belarusian State University, where she studied French and English philology. She earned a Master of Laws degree in France. She speaks six languages. Russian collagist Oleg Borodin introduced her to digital collage and helped her to reach a professional level with it. Burak is showing her work extensively: on collage.ar in October 2021; a solo show at Quai31 in Marmande, France in September-October 2021; a solo show at Feral Art et Vin in Bordeaux, France in December 2021-January 2022; and a show in 2022 at Maître Albert in Paris. To learn more, visit Instagram @buracollage or email firstname.lastname@example.org.