The Collector is a self-initiated project for which I began to develop a series of illustrations. Basically, I created an imaginary character -- the Collector -- an eccentric who collects and catalogs insects, letters, stamps, anything.. I like to imagine this strange character looking at his collections, remembering where he found each object and the adventures he had capturing it.
“The artist is by necessity a collector; he accumulates things with the same ardor and curiosity with which a boy stuffs his pockets.
He borrows from the sea and from the scrap heap; he takes snapshots, makes mental notes, and records impressions on tablecloths and newspapers – why one particular thing and not another, he may not know at the time, be he is omnivorous. He has a taste for children’s wall scrawling as appreciative as that for prehistoric cave painting.” — Paul Rand