What inspires me?
I guess it's everything I see and feel. Often you don't realize it at the time but in hindsight many of my most emotionally frustrating experiences yielded the strongest creative concepts. So for the seeing part it's about keeping your eyes open and look a little bit longer and for the feeling part it's about keeping your eyes closed.
What's my ideal, creative space?
Here's what it's like: a softly lit city studio apartment in the late evening with ceiling high bookshelves, some Jan Blomqvist, David August or HVOB playing from the big black speakers and a square white table full of pens and papers, reference photos and - when i'm lucky - female curves on the bed. I'd love to one day have an outdoor studio in the Mediterranean with big white curtains flying in the ocean breeze, softly touching the silhouette of a woman.
What's my creative process?
Many people think that what differentiates artists from non-artists is that artists can sit in front of a blank canvas and know what to do.
I can break down my creative process into two parts: one, coming up with an artistic concept and two, execution. The first one is about learning to see and to feel, and the second is about learning to use your tools.
For me, I have - like most people - many of my best ideas for artistic concepts come either just before falling asleep, in the shower or, when with other people or confronted with art (in particular music). And then i sit down and do it. And then i do it again because I'm not happy with it. And again. And occasionally this ends in frustration and at other times in pride.
What I'll also say is that art is something that everyone can have an opinion on. Especially when you stand naked in the public eye of social media, you feel like a busker on the street, questioning your work and your self at all times. At these times you need to tell yourself to appreciate the directness of the feedback, whatever it may be, but focus on your own opinion, your own style, for that's where your originality arises. And eventually your pride.
A personal experience that contribute to my creativity?
I used to live in Milan and work with friends who are product designers. They would sketch out complex ideas and designs in a few strokes. That fascinated me.. and showed me the technique to express myself in that raw, minimalist way. However, i didn't want to draw chairs. So you could say that this was the period i learned the second tool, execution.
I also frequently visited the works of Egon Schiele when I lived in Vienna, drawing inspiration from his work.
What else is on my creative bucket-list?
Bringing the human and minimalist style to the real world, bringing it to life, making it tangible. We'll see which form that will take, whether it's physical products, augmented reality, brand collaborations, public installations or intimate personal accessories.
This artistic journey has also opened doors to many exciting personalities and I look forward to all the lovely people I will meet and get to collaborate with. To the question you're asking yourself now, who would i like to meet & draw, i'll just say that the most famous people aren't always the most interesting ones.. often those with whom you have shared personal experiences are.
Is there any part of your skill that you're trying to improve?
I'm trying to improve both sides, coming up with stronger artistic concepts and executing them better. That means at times letting myself drift away emotionally, tuning down rational thought and also hanging around different people and cultures and on the other side work with different artistic techniques including gestalt theory, surrealism, collages, pointillist coloring and also technical skills like digital editing.
Artist & Interviewee: @FlowSoFly