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Gretna resident and Jackson Square artist, Kevin Comarda is having fun making his paper collages. Each one can take an extrememly long time to make while looking for the right pieces to pair together.
Kevin’s pieces are on wood and he does all the woodworking himself. He enjoys it so much that even calls it therapeutic and meditative.
His art is hanging thorughout his house and it took a lot in me to not grab one on my way out.
1. What type of art do you produce?
It’s all mixed media but mainly paper collage. I collect old magazines, like from the ’50s and ’60s, from National Geographic and others. I also collect and use maps and atlases. I like the tangibility of these things. Then I put together scenes, stories, and narratives.
2. How long have you been in business?
I began selling and being committed to this about 7-8 years ago. I have been in Jackson Square for one year.
3. How do people find you online?
You can see my online portfolio on my website but the majority of my stuff is on Instagram. @kcomarda
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
That I’m colorblind. Does that matter? ::Kevin laughs::
I think that’s why I’ve gravitated towards things that are paper and texture. In school, I had a hard time mixing colors. I had to approach my artwork differently. I can see color but I have to approach it differently. It’s also kind of liberating. If someone doesn’t like the colors together, I can always say “Well, I can’t see them!”
5. What’s your favorite aspect or project you’ve worked on?
My favorite project is a collaboration with a burlesque troupe. It was called Burlesque Imitates Art. The artists create a piece and the performer plays it out and interprets it. I worked with a performer named Sable and we did a really beautiful piece with a Phoenix. It was moving – there were tears.
Find Kevin in Jackson Square or this holiday season at Ringin’ in the Arts in Gretna.