TTT. What’s your name?
H.B.T. Hollis Brown Thornton.
TTT. Where were you born and where do you live?
H.B.T. I was born in Aiken, SC August 10, 1976. After college, I moved to Chicago, IL from 2000-2005, but returned to Aiken in 2005 to pursue my career as an artist full time.
TTT. What is your profession?
TTT. When did you start being in illustration/collage and why?
H.B.T. I graduated college in 1999 with a major in studio art, so it started there from the sense of trying to survive making art.
TTT. What are your favorites artists or which artists have influenced your work?
H.B.T. Cy Twombly and Peter Doig have been the most influential established artists. On a more personal level, friends Vrno -http://vrno.tumblr.com/ [now deleted] and Roberto Calbucci - http://robertocalbucci.tumblr.com/
TTT. What are the elements that inspire you in your work (images, feelings, music characters)?
H.B.T. The late 1970s and early 80s. The convergence of physical and virtual reality.
TTT. Can you tell us what you’re looking to convey with your work?
H.B.T. I often use old photographs and outdated media, using elements of nostalgia, relating to how we sometimes have difficulty letting go of the past.
TTT. Have you ever exhibited and if you have, where has it been?
TTT. What music are you listening to?
H.B.T. I am streaming Neon Indian’s new album on NPR.
TTT. Which websites do you like?
H.B.T. I like any good music site, like alterdzones.com, that streams new good music.
TTT. What are you reading now?
H.B.T. Nothing at the moment.
TTT. What is your favorite place?
H.B.T. My family’s lake house.
TTT. Can you tell us in what circumstances you made this collage?
H.B.T. It isn’t technically a collage. All of the work was done in Photoshop and then made into a pigment transfer. I use a lot of old family photographs, which is one of the reasons I obscure identities, I want the person to be anyone.
TTT. If you could associate this image with a song, which would it be?
H.B.T. Sleigh Bells “Rachel”.
TTT. What do you feel when you look at this collage?
H.B.T. I love the sweater. I always focus on the sweater.