Artist of the Month: Trissa Dodson (Interview, Pt. 2)

Arches by Trissa Dodson, Collage 2013

Arches by Trissa Dodson, Collage 2013

Trissa, on “Arches” (pictured above) which is a part of her WanderLost Series: I approached this series based on the simple aesthetic and design elements of each fragmented image. I explore the relationship between the cut-out, abstracted forms and the narratives they immediately acquire when placed next other cut-out forms. This creates a stream-of-consciousness, surrealistic product that reflects the process of our wandering and often scattered minds today.  I use images found in books and magazines and hand-cut /glue its contents onto modest sized paper. This reflects the subtle inner-workings of our minds and allows the viewer to quietly enter into each moment. These works will hopefully entice its viewers into these somewhat familiar moments, yet leave them utterly lost.

untitled (crisscross) by Trissa Dodson, Collage Drawing 2014

untitled (crisscross) by Trissa Dodson, Collage Drawing 2014

On what inspires her: I’m inspired by people who are motivated, regardless of what they are creating or pursuing. I think creative types have a general uneasiness or restlessness to just do or make something. Right now, I like looking at watercolor paintings and ink drawings, but I’m influenced by all the usual stuff like philosophy, fashion, film, etc. At the end of the day, I think I’m driven by this deeply rooted itch that can never be scratched.

In regards to what I’m currently working on, I’m most often inspired by the images and materials right in front of me. Sometimes I catch myself staring at an image for awhile and have to cut it out. Other times I know exactly what images I’m looking for; I just have to find them. I have folders and boxes and Ziploc bags full of cut-outs. Certain images inspire certain ideas, even if it’s unrelated to my current project. Sometimes all these ideas hit me at once and I get stuck. It can be a bit overwhelming.

Trissa Dodson is a 23 year old artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her Bachelor of Art degrees in studio art and psychology from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. When she is not making art, she enjoys spending time with her family, eating at new restaurants, rearranging her apartment, and reveling in the presence of goofy animals. You can find more of her work at or @trissadodson on Instagram.

Part 3 of her Interview will be up on May 20th.


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