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May 23, 2021 | Author: webSman

Interview with the Artist Autumn Skye

Q: How are you inspired to create the powerful and compelling art you are known for?

A: For as long as I can remember, I knew my mission was to share inspiration. As soon as I was old enough to hold a paintbrush in my hand, I began making art, and I have barely put the brush down since. However, inspiration is a difficult energy to pinpoint, and perhaps even more tricky to contrive. The most effective way I’ve found to cultivate inspiration is to sit down at the easel. Just begin. Make art, get messy, have fun, stay curious. Often my best ideas come when I’m working on another piece, in the act of creation, mind at ease and hands and heart engaged. As Picasso said, “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”

Q: What does an image need to have to express or inspire a shift in awareness?

A: Sometimes even the simplest composition can convey incredibly complex concept. I can’t say what exactly makes a paining poignant or evoke emotion. I don’t believe that it’s the contents of the painting, the subject matter, or even the skill involved in its creation that moves people at the deepest level.
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May 22, 2021 | Author: webSman

Genesis by Nina Pak

A New Beginning, we have had a world-wide crisis with the pandemic, at the same time it was an unprecedented social experiment, we were challenged in many ways. For some it was a rebirth, where isolation caused introspection, made us dig deeper and find other ways to express our creativity. For some it resulted in a sort of clean slate, as previous commitments fell away and new opportunities present themselves.
We start over, with courage and determination. Change is rarely welcome, but regardless of our complacency, change is sometimes necessary. The Pandemic was the advent of something unexpected. A shift in our lives that forced us to do everything differently. How we accept that change is a matter of perspective. We have an innate trust in ourselves. When our lives are difficult, we find reserves within, there is resilience, faith which moves us, and holds us up. For those who are willing to see the positive side in this experience it has been a renewal, where new ideas emerged.
We have been enlightened by events both brutal and compassionate. We have experienced a painful time, on many levels. Some of us have lost loved ones, been challenged financially, have lost opportunities, have struggled with isolation or being separated from loved ones. There have been very real shifts in our awareness of civil rights, political and social inequalities. As artists, we sometimes reflect on the challenges of our society, working what we perceive into our art. While others point to a direction far removed from the struggles at hand, to inspire those who would dare, to follow a new path. For this issue of Miroir, we looked for the artist’s view on what will rise out of the ashes, what comes next, or what they envision for our future.
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May 21, 2021 | Author: webSman

Interview with the Artist Oliver Hazard Benson

Q: How are you inspired to create the powerful and compelling art you are known for?

A: My father died very suddenly when I was still a teenager. I left school. I felt so sad that I started to use spiritual practices to see him again. I ended up having visions – they were like dreams but far more real. I saw things or rather experienced things similar to the prophetic visions described in the bible, or in William Blake’s illustrations. This was a daily occurrence for more than a year and then stopped abruptly. The visions affected me deeply but I didn’t feel compelled to directly represent them in Art. Rather, I wanted the act of painting to be like the visionary state. I taught myself to paint and eventually the process of work itself became the inspiration. It was, is, quite natural. Art is like the throat of a person, the vital breath passes through and the voice is comes out, capable of huge varieties of expression. The speech carries from one person to another- wind through trees. To paint is to walk with the wind and then to fly
with it and, finally, to become the wind.
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May 20, 2021 | Author: webSman

Interview with the Artist Benjamin Vierling

Q: How are you inspired to create the powerful and compelling art you are known for?

A: Many of my works are illustrative collaborations with musicians, authors, publishers, record labels, art directors, patrons, and other colleagues, so the impetus for creation often starts there. The perimeters of the specific project tend to provide the thematic structure and formatting of the image. As with many collective endeavors, the work follows an organic development within the context of a shared goal. Oftentimes, the unique subject being visually brought to life possesses a heritage of its own; an art historical precedent, a lyrical notion, an allegorical nuance, or a mythic narrative of some sort. Taking all this into consideration, the visual work is a culmination of myriad of influences, of which I am merely the guiding hand.
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May 19, 2021 | Author: webSman

Interview with the Artist Zeljko Djurovic

If you find love, you’re lucky and If you create art, you have given luck to other people. – Zeljko Djurovic

Q: Your paintings are enchanted by coloristic eroticism, which is guided by the deep command of a being who knows that there is a Beautiful?

A: I like that “coloristic eroticism”. When it comes to my works, it is impossible to avoid the story of eroticism. Everything I drew and painted was for the glory of a woman and the adoration of a woman’s body, keeping myself away from banality and vulgarity, looking there for the most beautiful and exciting. I try to include my emotion into the work and convey it to the observer. I have never painted a male figure, except for a few self-portraits. I fulfilled my dream and search for the perfection of a woman using colors, which are often the subject of controversy among art lovers. It provokes either enthusiasm or criticism.
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