Louise McComiskey is a 22 year old graphic designer based in Belfast. Louise is currently studying final year Graphic Design and Illustration in Ulster University whilst fully employed as a Digital design Executive for an investment management company. Louise spoke to The Jumble all about her art, working in the medium of collage and the creative scene.
I would say my personal art style would be quirky, everything has to be a little weird and sometimes even a bit disturbing for me to be happy with it.
A lot of my inspiration comes from my daydreams and emotions, it’s safe to say my mind is a unique place so a lot of my collage creations come from there. I love to put a personality on all objects whether they are living or inanimate so most of my work includes features that would make the mundane a lot more interesting.
Apart from my style being personal to myself, I would say the memory or experience I have attached to each piece is what really makes them different. Don’t get me wrong, some pieces are complete happy accidents- but the majority of my work is a reflection of how I felt at the time. Looking through my work for myself is like reading my diary.
I’m lucky to say that over the past 10 months I have actually benefited from working from home and studying uni remotely. My mind goes at a million miles an hour, so I have found some peace and clarity from the silence in my home. My ideas are clear and focused and I have less reasons to procrastinate because there’s nothing else to do, although I have found a drop in my inspiration as I haven’t been around interesting environments.
I love the unity of the local art scene, I have only recently discovered this through Instagram, going from a very competitive feel in university I thought that was how everyone had to be- but the amount of encouragement and support from local artists online has really made me fall in love with my own community again.