- Who is that girl?
I currently live in Slovakia, I've done several artist residencies and would like to do more. I'm genuinely concerned with climate change issues and ecology. I'm an intensive gardener, I was raiser by my farmer grandmother and I am tired to hear people say that the planet is fine.
I think as artists we have a responsability to communicate through other means than information and that's why I dedicate my time to creating art that illustrates my approach to ecological issues.
Other than that, I like dogs, goat cheese and the colour blue.
Cello is my favorite instrument, fig my favorite fruit and peony probably my favorite flower.
- What does she do?
I make as many open call applications as I can to try and spread my work but I love t particularly collaborate with public institution to spread the beauty and the idea behind my work.
- Climate change?
I create art that reflects on our link with nature or our apparent disconnection from it. About the link between our western vision of happiness and our notion of success through accumulating things and its consequences for the environment.
We know the most "developed" nations are the biggest polluters too, so why is it so hard for us to care not only in our thoughts but through our actions?
There are public posts where this is what we talk about, have a look and tell me what you think, see what we can do to make a difference.
The difficulty today is that developing a project for even a small art centre takes months. I did it for a science museum and between the research, the works and the catalogue, it took me about a year of work. I can't work full time on these projects because they also don't bring much money in but they matter to me and to the visitors. They inform and they can be a trigger for change.
Access to art and culture is important, it's my belief and it's what I devote my time and energy to.
- What do I get by supporting her?
If you click support on this page, you will support an artist, this is different from a kickstarter project, you will trust me to work on projects that I think are worth working on.
I write posts I'd say twice a month in average, sometimes more.
You can put a single dollar and it will help me and I will be grateful. Also note that we can fine tune rewards if you have something in mind I'm totally open to that. Some people like to chat for example or skype their creators, that's likely something I'd enjoy doing, be creative and do let me know what would make you feel like it's a fair trade.
You can stop your pledge anytime, it is not complicated and it won't take ten clicks.
Give it a try, connect and see if you like it.
- Why is she on Patreon?
Being an artist is absolutely great. It is! It is the best thing that I know, and I am not thinking about going back to a "non artist" life (employee with a monthly salary). But people think because we love our work, we don't need money. That's where there is a little misconception :)
We love our work, it doesn't make it a hobby.
Our work takes a lot of time, there is no waiting for the sublime inspiration, it's work, it is to continue to explore new paths as well as repeating what you have learned to stabilise a skill.
It takes a lot of faith, a lot of engagement, a lot of motivation, to receive dozens of negative responses to your propositions and to still keep going.
It takes a lot of support.
So this is why I am on Patreon, crossing fingers that you read til here and did not get bored!
I need your connection and I need your support to carry on those really cool projects. I need you to reassure me that I can do it, and as practically cold as it sounds, I need the financial support to pay for the material, the frames, the oil, the shipping of the works, the time I spend working on it that can't be spent working on something else...
- Want to read more?
My works generally look hazy. Hazy landscapes or seascapes or hazy flowers. It is not really abstract nor is it figurative and I think that debate is pretty pointless.
My work expresses a vision of beauty that that I find in harsh wild natural environments. A sense of beauty that I think we've lost. I'm a big hiker, I walk in the wild and I like it to be wild, as it should be, no path, signs, painted stripes on the rock. It scares people nowadays. We've lost touch with nature, lost interest too for a lot of us, we've lost this ability to contemplate the beauty where it started and I think we've lost a sense a flow and it hurts our society. I talk a lot about that through my paintings, the place the humans have carved for themselves in nature and that restrains them, what we have lost as we evolved, "the way of nature and the way of grace" as Malick puts it. How we construct our identities by defining an edge between us and the world, through our capacity to transform it and shape it.
What does it mean today to live our lives when it implies to destroy our environment and the source of life itself?
This is the question that preoccupies me. I use images of the land and the sea to investigate this question. Blurred landscape, as blur as our connection to nature has become. I paint pictures of piers that humans have build and that are torn down by the elements... I paint memories of landscapes that will soon be lost if we don't take serious actions today.
If you have read til here, I'd really like you to connect. Looks like you're a patient reader. Have a look through the public posts, leave a comment, write to say hi.
Whatever you can give, I'll give you something in exchange, I'm pretty resourceful,
talk to you soon.