Cohort 52 is a platform for emerging voices from the Applied Art & Design program at Sierra College in Northern California. Cohort 52 is facilitated by Assistant Professor Vincent Pacheco.


Trevor Higuera

“…collages don’t require that much planning as they are meant to be improvised…




Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I enjoy doing all things involving creativity, and a lot of themes that I’m inspired by when making art involve a lot of modernism, and simplicity for the most part.


How much experience do you have with collage?

I do not have any experience with collage.


Collage artists tend to be picky when it comes to their source material. Can you talk about your approach for selecting your images and/or publications?

I tried to not be picky for the most part. What I wanted was to do something that visually made sense, which is why I chose the photos that I chose for this project.


Were there any large themes you intended to explore or unpack before you began with this series of work? Did you stay on theme, or did things change as you began physically cutting and pasting images?

I knew I wanted to explore something niche but very important. I didn’t think too much of it at first when I was gathering photos but I knew I wanted it to be more objective than subjective of an experience.


How did your background and life experiences inform your collages?

Even though these collages were meant to be more objective, I do thing there is an aspect of them that makes them subjective as well because of my understanding and appreciation of certain things in the real world.


What was your environment and set-up like when making the work? Did you listen to music? Did you work in isolation, or were you surrounded by distraction? Do you think this influenced the work you made?

I like to listen to music when I’m doing an activity that doesn’t require listening. It really lets your mind embrace the flow state which I really enjoy.


Scissors or X-Acto?

X-acto! Way more precise especially when using a ruler with it.


Was there anything unexpected that emerged while creating your work? Any new epiphanies?

I realized pretty quickly after watching some of the lectures that collages don’t need much thought into them, as they tend to make themselves once you have the materials, which I thought was kind of neat.


Looking at your work again, has your understanding of your collages changed over time? Has any hidden meaning emerged?

Like I said before, the fascinating thing was about how collages don’t require that much planning as they are meant to be improvised and not focused on too much.


Many artists are using the pandemic as a moment to pause and reflect. Do you think Covid-19 informed your work in any way? 

I’m not sure. There could be subconscious factor to it that makes it difficult for me to understand or accept, but I think in some unexplainable way it has one way or another, especially for all of us.