Steven Rudin creates hand-cut paper collages that celebrate subjective reality with an emphasis on optimism and nostalgia. Visually, Rudin explores the optics of depth, producing an image that is somewhere between a painting and a photograph. His inspiration comes from the fusion of portraiture and design from multiple eras and different cultures.
His multifaceted scenes are intended to be intriguing, immersive experiences filled with moments of discovery. Sweeping vantage points are designed to provide the feeling of being transported into the tableaux. Flowing compositions are symbolic of the continuum between reality and imagination, between memories and dreams.
Rudin spent nearly twenty years as a psychiatrist and teacher at Columbia University before committing to art full time. His collages are a metaphor for memory and identity. Combining his diverse experience, his philosophy about the Psychology of Collage explores how the mind consolidates memories from fragments into layers in a way that is continuously changing and highly influenced by feeling. Using art as a tool to illustrate concepts that need to be felt to be understood informs his exhibitions, artist talks, and experiential workshops.
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. 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.