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Some time ago, Audrey (aka belladomanda) from the US sent us a tip about this wonderful paper artist she had stumbled upon. Have a look:

CATERINA ROSSATO - deja vu series of postcards CATERINA ROSSATO - deja vu series of postcards CATERINA ROSSATO - deja vu series of postcards

These stunning landscapes are made by Italian artist Caterina Rossato, who lives in a quiet town north of Venice. We were mesmerised by her intricate sceneries and the way she juxtapose details from dozens of different postcards to create new imaginary worlds. Curious to know more, we reached out to Caterina who kindly agreed to reply to a few questions about her work.

Hi Caterina! Could you tell us a bit more about yourself?

My name is Caterina Rossato and I live in Bassano del Grappa, where I have my base camp. I like to move around, follow multiple projects simultaneously and suddenly fall in love with something that makes me forget what I was doing. I do not like to wait for the right moment and I hate perfection.

On weekends I like to climb mountains or go skiing on the glaciers with my partner. From this height you can see a bigger slice of the world.

CATERINA ROSSATO - deja vu series of postcards
How did you start doing these mini landscapes? What inspires you?

It all started with the idea of breaking down the images and put them together, then with the need to sublimate into a single image multiple points of view or all the photos taken during a trip or a day. I create images in which all possible visuals and temporal variations of an experience are concentrated. They are two-dimensional images but developed in a sculptural way, made of levels, intersections, overlaps and joints. The viewer feels a sense of familiarity and alienation at the same time. Right now I’m working on a project with CNC milling machines that will allow me to combine these fragments into a third dimension.

CATERINA ROSSATO - deja vu series of postcards
And on a more practical level, where do you find all these postcards?

In the case of analog collages, I buy stock of postcards from Ebay or local merchants: about 4000 – 5000 postcards every time. I always try to buy postcards from different areas and I usually change suppliers. When I compose digital collage I use hundreds of photographs taken by me in a specific landscape or I do research on the internet to find what I need, always in really high resolution.

Both analog and digital cutouts are organised in very detailed catalogs: analog clippings are divided into a filing cabinet with many drawers, digital ones go into folders and subfolders on my mac.

CATERINA ROSSATO - deja vu series of postcards
Are you a postcard or letter writer yourself?

For many years I’ve been writing letters and postcards to my grandmother who lives far away from me. I started because I had the need to find a personal way to communicate with her, as she’s not able to send messages by mobile phone and with age her hearing has deteriorated making talking on the phone impossible. Given that other old uncles also live in my grandmother’s building, I started to write to all of them, in order to avoid upsetting anyone… so the arrival of the mail has become a highly anticipated moment, both for me and for them.

Whenever my grandmother receives a postcard she sticks it under the calendar. I’m interested in this shared time devoted to the thought and the gaze.

Can you show us a picture of your workspace, or a mini-landscape work in progress?

CATERINA ROSSATO - studio CATERINA ROSSATO - studio

Thank you Caterina, that was wonderful! 😊 You can find these and other projects of Caterina on her website, caterinarossato.com.

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40 comments so far

geminiscp, Portugal
WOW!!!!!!! :)
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andrea209, Germany
Amazing!!!!
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D1ana, United States of America
Love her work!
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CarrieJoJo, United States of America
So fabulous, I love this!
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ceabcowen, United States of America
Awesome! Very intriguing.
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Kereru, New Zealand
Tumeke! This is amazing work. Ka pai Caterina
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Jacque53, United States of America
Wow, amazing work Caterina!!!!!
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Itsumi, Japan
Like this!! Very cool!! ))
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Baronin, Germany
Great. I like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Johofreubel, Netherlands
VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!
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NIDUSKA, Finland
REALLY NICE
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Jucolog, Russia
Amazing!
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fionat, United States of America
Beautiful and creative work! So glad you shared this. Love the sweet story about her grandmother. And this bright-eyed cat helper!
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Staceytsang, Hong Kong
wow! I love the works.
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LightGrass, Singapore
LOVE!! WOW!!~~~
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mysweetlife63, United States of America
Incredible!
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danaviolet, France
Thank you for your sharing your dream-landscapes. Dream on!
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Argalil, Germany
Thank you for sharing this great art work! Congrats to the artist!
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Silreig, Germany
Outstanding!
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zomertje, Netherlands
WAUW,
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belladomanda, United States of America
Thank you for this wonderful interview with Caterina Rossato! Her work is so inspiring.
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mounten, Italy
Congratulation, beautiful work I love it. Nice story.
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wwljarrod, Hong Kong
Amazing!!!
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martha66, Netherlands
What a great way to reuse postcards, love it.
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Victor_Lu, China
very fantastic
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ConstantGardener, United States of America
SO VERY WONDERFUL TO SEE CREATIVITY BY THE HUMAN SPIRIT!!!!!!!!
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loving6thgrade, United States of America
I would love to see an exhibition of all these marvelous, creative collages - very impressive!
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Prinzmucki, Germany
Fantastic and inspiring !
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mkparker, United States of America
These are so beautiful, creative and imaginative. Someone has to have very special "eyes" to see the possibilities of all these different postcards and combine them in such dramatic vignettes. I wish I had that ability; alas, I only have the ability to sit and wonder, completely awe-struck.
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petrini1, United States of America
Wow. She is so inspiring! Makes me want to pull out some old postcards and start making collages.
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purpleorchid, Belize
Nice!
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silverrose, United States of America
Beautiful!
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dershots, Canada
Outstanding details. What patience you must have to create these incredible images.
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meiadeleite, Portugal
Cutting stuff with scissors is definitely my least favourite part of any crafts... so I really admire Caterina's patience with this. The result is so beautiful. I feel inspired to go to a fair and buy a bunch of old cards, just to experiment :)
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huggy41, Australia
Beautiful work must have lots of patience
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jillbutler, United States of America
Like a visual meditation!
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riazkhan4880, India
What a beautiful way to create such a wonderful thing. It's really beautiful.
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kaylerice, United States of America
I am truly, truly awed by this work. Thank you, Caterina, for bringing beauty into the world!!
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dosankodebbie, Japan
i love your sense of color and shape-- the visual rhythm you give your cards. I'm going straight to your blog and see if there's any way we can do any exchange of mailart. :D
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bungaalangalang, Indonesia
awesome!
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