Joshua Fraass, jf.vintage
Joshua has been creating for as long as he can remember, and at a young age he sat on his grandmother’s lap and watched her paint. He began at age 14 to focus on reusing materials, and discovered paper to be a forgotten but valuable resource. Using old books, maps, and sheet music, along with other vintage paper ephemera and photographs, Fraass has been able to bring new life to things too often discarded. Through layers of paper and paint, a sense of nostalgia and the journey through life can be seen. Art embraces human connection, creating a remembrance of past experiences. Joshua creates these connections between people and their experiences in his work by using vintage materials that have a deeper meaning beyond the paper they are printed on. He studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and has been able to bring those experiences back to his artwork. The collection of vintage paper and ephemera, along with the collection of memories, has allowed me to create collages and mixed media artwork while preserving experiences of the past. The process of taking many layers of paper and creating a new concept and composition is what he enjoys most about my work.