These Beasts: Nick Baccari *Special 9 Part Space 15 Twenty Feature*
This is a 9 part series in collaboration with Urban Outfitters' Space 15 Twenty. Our Origami Girls and Wavy Boys show will be up Feb 16-18, and we're doing free workshops from 11-4 on Saturday & Sunday. We will also be running collage features on their blog and social media.
We first discovered @mr.babies on instagram. He is amongst the most widely known collage artists in the contemporary global collage scene, and for good reason. His simple approach to recasting striking figures within fantastical realms is a key component of contemporary collage work. In Mr. Babies' world people move through psychedelic frontiers like Oregon Trailblazers on drugs, searching for the limits of order at the brink of sanity and society. But in his unique depcitions, slipping over to the other side, reverting some animal nature, is not terrifying, so much as the improbable outcome. In a society that always claims that the individual is crazy, Mr. Babies offers a take that suggests perhaps it is actually Society itself that is deranged, and us people are daring and beautiful if we could just shift our perspective a bit.
1.) What’s your name?
Nick is my real first name. Mr. Babies is the moniker.
2.) Where are you from?
I am originally from West Texas…middle of nowhere.
3.) Where do you live?
I currently reside in Sedona, Arizona.
4.) 3 reasons why your life in your city couldn’t happen anywhere else?
First of all the landscape here is unlike anything I’ve ever seen anywhere else. We also have a creek that runs through a nearby canyon. Mix that in with the 2 million tourists we get a year and you have nothing like anywhere else.
5.) What kind of work do you do?
I have a professional job…which I keep secret, because people are weird…and I sell artwork/ prints on the side.
6.) What keeps you inspired?
Life in general keeps me pretty inspired, but living in such a surreal place, such as Sedona, keeps me very inspired.
7.) Where do you work?
I create my artwork in my studio, which is part of a spare bedroom that I own in Sedona. It’s an old A Frame that overlooks the beautiful red rocks. I have a desk and I am surrounded by mountains of books. I have so many books that I am literally surrounded by them and it resembles an episode of hoarders.
8.) What is 1 challenge that has defined you for at least one chapter of your life?
Losing my father and step father have really been a challenge. The fact that they both passed away in the same year has influenced my work too. Much more of my work is centered around death and mortality.
9.) What are some of your favorite snacks, and do you eat them while you work?
I don’t really snack while I work, but some of my favorites are hummus, veggies or nuts.