Steven Rudin creates hand-cut paper collages that celebrate subjective reality with an emphasis on optimism and nostalgia. Visually, Rudin explores the optics of perspective, producing an image that is somewhere between a painting and a photograph. His inspiration comes from the fusion of old masters and high design with a narrative plus movement.
For Rudin, making art is like an emotional rehearsal process for problem solving in real life, particularly related to agency and self-determination. Energized by visuospatial challenges, he translates compositions from classical painting into the realm of collage, sometimes to the point of shredding and reweaving his work. Overall, Rudin’s aim is to capture an imaginary moment; one filled with positive symbolism and boundless beauty.
Rudin spent nearly twenty years as a psychiatrist and teacher at Columbia University before committing to art full time. His collages explore the relationship of memory to identity, as well as how the brain differentiates between dreams, imaginative play, and real-life experience. He sees collage as a metaphor for how the mind consolidates memories from fragments into layers in a way that is dynamic and highly influenced by feeling.
Born in 1972, Steven Rudin is a visual artist and psychiatrist based in New York City. His imaginary collage scenes are a reflection of his experience in multiple disciplines including art, linguistics, medicine, and psychiatry. Rudin holds degrees from Columbia University, Cornell University, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has been active in clinical and academic positions at Columbia University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Rudin’s philosophy, The Psychology of Collage, is a hybrid of visual art and education about emotional resilience. His work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Miami.