Multidisciplinary artist Beth Hoeckel started out doing lots of stuff. Based in Austin TX, she earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied painting, photography, and printmaking. But her love of art finally culminated through collage making.
Her first widely-known series of collages took off in 2010. Since then, Hoeckel has been hard at work. Over the past 5 years, her collages have been exhibited around the world and published in many prestigious books and magazines, with a variety of clients that include Rookie, Domino, and The New York Times.
“The one disadvantage of collage is that sometimes the papers are very old, and can disintegrate or tear easily,” says Hoeckel in an interview with Frankie Magazine. “The advantages are that the colors and quality of the paper are very beautiful, they are simply not made that way anymore.”
“I think a lot of it is about losing touch with reality in a good way”, she added, explaining the running themes throughout her work. “I have several different projects going at once, but within each one there is usually an unintentional theme. For example- my point of view collage series is about people interacting and reacting to the power of nature as well as getting lost in a daydream.”
Get lost in some of her daydreams: