Ylva Dimetri

Mariestad, Sweden


Tell us about yourself. What does being an artist mean to you?

I have always seen myself as a painter, when I was a child I use to look up at the clouds and wanted to paint them, now I am doing that. In periods it has been hard to keep up my work because of other circumstances. Now I am very glad that I have the opportunity to paint and do it so much more.

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What is your workspace or studio like?

Right now it is a bit of compact living, my studio is all around my 2-room apartment, mostly in the biggest room but also in the kitchen where the light is the best.

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Please explain the method behind your creative process.

Originating from the background which I do with paintbrushes, then the strong color accents come in and is layed above, with the painting knife. I do not use so many different colors but the variations of the paintings are still very wide – surprise is always there, even for me. And when the picture is all there, I look to see what it says to me and set a title, that makes it complete to me.

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What inspires you to create? What role, if any, does identity play in your art? Please explain.

When I paint I want to bring joy, harmony, balance and strength. I love to hear what different viewers see in the paintings, and then give them new titles. It is good to see when the imaginary world does magic.

How does travelling or migrating (domestically or internationally) influence your creative process?

I would say, none at all. When I travel, I mostly travel in my mind. I do not look at other paintings more than a very little. This is my world and it is quite unique.

Is it important for your art to communicate a message? Please explain.

My message is happiness and balance. Together with calmness that is what I want to bring to the viewers.

 In your opinion, what is the best city in the world to see art?

 I cannot say that, art is everywhere if you just see it.

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With which artist and in what location, would you like to have lunch? What would you order?

Not sure about the artists…But I would like to go to Cuba, because there is a fabulous art of classic cars. Food? Well I will order pasta and probably from the vegetarian kitchen.       

It has been said that “art and wine go hand in hand…” Please talk about your wine of choice and the three artists with whom you would like to share it. 

Right at this moment why not champagne, with some intriguing Impressionists from the 19th century.

Are you familiar with Basquiat (1996), Pollock (2000) and Frida (2002)? In the essence of these biopic films, whom would you want cast for your role? Please explain.

Can I skip this question – I need more time to really think about that???

Brandie Adams-Piphus

Fairfax, Virginia


Tell us about yourself. What does being an artist mean to you?

I believe that everyone has the ability to be creative, and that when we give ourselves permission to be creative, we can change the world.  My art is a learning tool for me.  I use it to tap into my inner wisdom and express what I find difficult to put into words. Painting for me is a way to dig deep and discover what I have been feeling, as well as what I have learned over the years through spiritual growth and healing.  Being an artist means communion for myself but also with others who share the same life experiences.  When I paint I feel like I am vibing with the pulse of humanity, and feel connected to something. I also enjoy that I’m doing my part in showing other people that you can find a creative voice and hone it over time.  I wasn’t always a painter, nor did I know how to draw in the early part of my life.  I only discovered it as I allowed myself to explore my creative side, after having worked in the field of research for so long.

 Brandie Adams

Brandie Adams

What is your work space or studio like? 

Messy and mobile!  Whenever I create, everything in my space becomes disorganized and in disarray, because my one focus is completing the work.  I have a space in my living room with an easel, a desk, markers and art on the walls - for inspiration.  However, I never create in that space.  As a digital artist I create whenever and wherever I am and feel inspired.  I actually carry my big laptop and pen tablet around with me just so I can paint.  So in describing my real studio...  It looks like open fields and mountains and trees because I frequent nature a lot, and like to paint there.  And sometimes it looks like my messy bed, when I just woke up and my creativity is on the edge of my consciousness.

 the creative process

the creative process

Please explain the method behind your creative process.

The majority of my work is vector art, meaning I draw with a mouse using a computer program that translates my mouse strokes into mathematical patterns that become images.  This is typically how I make my portraits. Starting out with a source photo, I use my mouse to draw a series of lines, points and polygons arranging them in such a way that I create the image I desire. Along the way, I apply various fills and textures to the shapes to create lines, shadows, and depth.  Once I build my image, I apply varying combinations of computer effects to the vectors until I create my desired texture. Sometimes, I will paint on a substrate by hand, doodle a sketch or photograph an image and scan it into my computer and work from there, tracing over it, or using it as a background.  I refer to this process as digital painting, as I work from a set of swatches I mix on the computer platform and the program’s brush palette to create paint-like textures.

 the tools

the tools

What inspires you to create? What role, if any, does identity play in your art? Please explain.

People in raw, honest moments when they think no one’s looking, and when they are coming into themselves, and owning who they are.  This is the reason my focus is on portraiture. My body of work mainly explores issues related to womanhood, beauty, sexuality and identity as they are defined by gender roles, skin color, and racial identity.  My goal is to find common ground across social constructs for race and gender by mimicking the techniques of the Fauves in a digital space.  I rely upon either very vibrant colors or muted colors to express emotion, exaggerate skin colors and to explore the identity of the subject beneath the image.

How does traveling (domestically or internationally) influence your creative process?

I’m obsessed with natural settings, because they recharge and help me to go into a meditative place that allows me to access my creativity.  One of my pieces, Attune is a self-portrait reflecting my experiences in natural settings.  In that painting, a bird rests on my neck, speaking to me the secrets of nature and the love therein found.  There is something about the stillness and quiet of nature, as well as the way plants/trees die and are born again, that grounds me and helps me to understand the flow of life which inspires me to paint.

Is it important for your art to communicate a message? Please explain.

It is important for my art to communicate a message because my definition of art is that it is communication at its finest.  It is a tool for finding the extraordinary in the hum drum and can express things that are difficult to articulate verbally.  With that said, the messages I try to communicate through my art are meant to be felt not heard nor translated into words.  It’s always great when a person can get my intended meaning behind the piece but it’s even better when they find their own meaning in the piece.

 In your opinion, what is the best city in the world to see art?

That question is difficult for me to answer given that there are so many cities that are iconic hubs for art that I still need to visit. However, my painting style originated from the Fauves so based on that I would love to go to Paris to study the greats.

With which artist and in what location, would you like to have lunch? What would you order?

Franciose Nielly, a knife painter from France, who paints with bold fluorescent colors and emotions.  I probably would order a salad, because I would be too enamored to order anything else. Plus, I’d be eager to get back to the studio and study with her.

  Ambivalent, 2016

Ambivalent, 2016

It has been said that “art and wine go hand in hand…” Please talk about your wine of choice and the three artists with whom you would like to share it. 

Since my favorite artists and artistic style is inspired by French artists, I’d have to share a full bodied glass of quality French Bordeaux with Henri Matisse, founder of the Fauve movement, Paul Cezanne, who’s work inspired the Fauvism movement, and Martina Shapiro, a contemporary Jewish artist who paints in the Fauve style.

Are you familiar with Basquiat (1996), Pollock (2000) and Frida (2002)? In the essence of these biopic films, whom would you want cast for your role? Please explain.

I don’t know enough about these films to say but I think I identify most with Frida, who turned her disability into creativity.  I have suffered from disabling depression over the years and often find myself in the bed painting to keep myself going. In a biopic about me I would cast Kimberly Elise who can connect with any character she plays and delivers emotionally stirring performances that touch people at a guttural level. She would be able to capture the depth of my feelings and emotions that I have worked through over the years, and healed through painting.


Llunué Vivanco

Mexico City, Mexico


Tell us about yourself. What does being an artist mean to you?

I don't like to define myself as an "artist" because I don't fit into that "serious deep face" with a lot of suffering and crazy vicious life with drugs and excess... Ha, I think I'm just a creative mind that really enjoys creating things and bringing my ideas and feelings into the real world. I feel that my creativity is committed with my own evolution and I try my best to be congruent with my feelings, thoughts and the things I give to the world...

 Llunué Vivanco

Llunué Vivanco

What is your work space or studio like? 

Well, you know... it is just my room and the world. If you enter my room it is like a kindergarten room, with canvas all around, a lot of weird stuff like lights, elephant figures, pictures, mobiles hanging all over my ceiling, plants (I love plants) my computer and my ukulele. And the world an amazing chaos all around full of shine and darkness and chocolate. 

 the studio + tools

the studio + tools

Please explain the method behind your creative process.

I think ideas are just hanging there in the magic of creation, waiting to connect with a creative mind. My creative process is working all the time, with the things I see, I read, I do, when I go for a run or drive hours in the traffic... My mind and my little Mexican body is keeping information, taking sensations, colors, sounds and then suddenly there's maybe a word, a phrase or another picture that produces a magic connection and my neurons scream "EUREKA" we got a great idea! Then I take that "sparkle" and begin thinking all around it. The best place for me to think is in the shower, it's like ideas + water = SUPERMAGIC. Then when I have the main idea, I go out and work on it, KABOOM!

 the tools

the tools

What inspires you to create? What role, if any, does identity play in your art? Please explain.

My main inspiration is life, the feeling of being a part of everything. The sensation of being so little in the big playground, to feel and identify with everything around.

How does traveling (domestically or internationally) influence your creative process?

Traveling is the masterpiece in my creation. It opens in me all the possibilities, brakes all barriers and my ideas force me to be flexible and to see things in different points of view. To understand that the way I see life or I live it is not the only way. Then, it makes me feel like I am in an open field, with plenty of space to experiment and feel.

Is it important for your art to communicate a message? Please explain.

Well, not a message literally but I think it must contain something that makes a connection to people maybe because it looks nice, funny, weird or colorful. Something that identifies with them or makes them think in different ways or feel any emotion. It must have humanity.

 studio view

studio view

In your opinion, what is the best city in the world to see art?

Italy! Everywhere you look there is art, history, design, colors, even the sounds and the food.

With which artist and in what location, would you like to have lunch? What would you order?

On the top of a very high building or a rock with Leonardo da Vinci. I would order a vegetarian dish full of colors and served in an unusual way, maybe vegetables that look like a big turkey inside a cage with wings.

It has been said that “art and wine go hand in hand…” Please talk about your wine of choice and the three artists with whom you would like to share it.

I don't like wine... hahaha! That is why I am just a creative mind no alcohol for me. But I would enjoy a really good and healthy smoothie with da Vinci or Escher.

Are you familiar with Basquiat (1996), Pollock (2000) and Frida (2002)? In the essence of these biopic films, whom would you want cast for your role? Please explain.

Emma Watson! I admire her commitment to the world, even having all the power and fame she still being a very conscious human and doing something good for the world with the high place she has in the industry. Also, she is very young and she keeps low profile… [She gets a] THUMBS UP!

 

Nicole Collie


Bossier, Louisiana

           

Tell us about yourself. What does being an artist mean to you?

I was born and raised in the Bahamas. I cannot say exactly when I began my love affair with art. I only know that it is an affair of the heart. Being an artist is what I am. I do not know anything else but to be an artist. I remember at the age of three a green florescent school table that I kept all my coloring books and pencil crayons, crayons and water colors. I never played with dolls or other toys, it was all about coloring. I am blessed because I have such a supportive husband that allows me to focus on my art full time, so it is either my graphics or painting and I love it.

 Nicole Collie

Nicole Collie

What is your workspace or studio like?

What an interesting question. My workspace is wherever I have room to paint. From my bedroom to my living room to the game room to outside, everywhere is my workspace.

Nicole's Studio

Please explain the method behind your creative process.

I have been painting all my life and it has always been… when I am inspired I paint. But that has totally changed in the last two months. I have always heard as an artist you should put paint to canvas everyday. Which had always seemed very excessive and impractical to me. However, I have changed that, I now force myself to create 3 paintings a week and it is taking me to places I have never been before. I am experimenting with different products in my paintings; I am learning more about the body and how it works, I am being “free” with how I paint. This has been a wonderful experience, which just started out with me wanting to push and challenge myself.

What inspires you to create? What role, if any, does identity play in your art? Please explain.

Identity is what my art is about. I grew up with body issues, just like many girls these days, but to top it off I had a family member tell me he was embarrassed to be seen with me and I was just too fat. From there I started painting nudes. And my end conclusion was, if I can stand in front of a mirror naked and like the person that I am I have won the battle of self worth.

Nicole's Tools

How does travelling or migrating (domestically or internationally) influence your creative process?

Moving to Bossier, Louisiana has stunted my creative process; over the last 4 years that we have been here I have been very uninspired. Since I paint nudes, it is frowned upon and looked at as pornography. This is a hard pill for me to swallow so I just stopped painting. Which is what takes us to question 3 on why I started making myself paint.

Is it important for your art to communicate a message? Please explain.

Yes it is important to communicate a message, however this usually needs to come from me talking and sharing because usually people only see a naked body. My message is learn yourself and love yourself. We as women are very hard on each other and we should spend our time lifting each other up instead of pulling each other down.

In your opinion, what is the best city in the world to see art?

Oh My!!! I love Europe because the art is so old and tells such rich stories. I loved Santa Fe. The colors and the diversity in the art. New York because how overwhelming it is and it makes me feel so small, but above all else the colors that come out for the Caribbean. I guess it is the Caribbean and that is probably because I am an Island girl myself and I just love the colors.

With which artist and in what location, would you like to have lunch? What would you order?

Frida Kahlo. She had such a tragic life after her accident but through it all she painted and she painted what she felt which was not always pretty. Lunch, no because it might distract me from what she was saying. I would want all my attention to be on her.

It has been said that “art and wine go hand in hand…” Please talk about your wine of choice and the three artists with whom you would like to share it.

Edgar Degas, Salvador Dali, and Georgia O’Keeffe. I enjoy a smooth Chardonnay and I like these artists for different reasons. Degas, I loved that he painted the female form and how delicate his work was, but even more than that, he was able to tell a story with his painting. He engaged his audience and always had them wanting to see more. Dali, because I am a huge Surrealist fan, it takes a very creative man to come up with these kind of  paintings. O’Keeffe, you found the feminine form in the flowers she painted.

Are you familiar with Basquiat (1996), Pollock (2000) and Frida (2002)? In the essence of these biopic films, whom would you want cast for your role? Please explain.

I would like Tracee Ellis Ross, she is quirky and silly and appears to be enjoying life. I am a huge believer that life is supposed to be happy and not to take it too serious. And she sooooo seems to be similar to the character she plays on Black-ish.


Joshua D Niedermeier

Santa Barbara, California        


Tell us about yourself. What does being an artist mean to you?

I was raised in a large family on a dairy farm, near Rock City, Illinois. After high school I served in the Marine Corps as a firefighter. When my active duty time was finished, I then studied fine arts in Chicago, Illinois. In recent, years I have lived in Santa Barbara County, California. No matter where I am, the need to create is strong and the process, though long, is always loved. To me, being an artist simply means, to make the choice of self-expression.

 Joshua D. Niedermeier

Joshua D. Niedermeier

What is your workspace or studio like?

I have a large room at home with lots of natural light. Usually it is very nice and organized, until I begin to paint.

Joshua's Studio

Please explain the method behind your creative process. 

Lately, I sit and stare until I decide on the composition. Sometimes I have a plan and usually I don't. When I am inspired to create it doesn’t always mean I know what needs to be expressed. I just feel the need!

What inspires you to create? What role, if any, does identity play in your art? Please explain. 

To be aware of life itself is enough inspiration for me to create. Oftentimes it's the sight, and smell, and textures of trees that really get me going. It's something about the give and take relationship between plants and humans, trees especially.  

Joshua's tools (and a detail)

How does traveling or migrating (domestically or internationally) influence your creative process?

I have been moving around my whole life. There is no doubt that the experiences found within my travels have helped my growth and development as a young man and of course as an artist.

Is it important for your art to communicate a message? Please explain. 

Each painting is different. Some have a meaning intended for the viewer and others are led by movement and feeling.

In your opinion, what is the best city in the world to see art?

The artists, vibe, culture and many others things change from place to place. From the schools, museums, galleries, and right on the street, Chicago is a hard place to beat.

With which artist and in what location, would you like to have lunch? What would you order?  

Vincent Van Gogh. And a few rounds of absinthe and some fresh warm bread.

It has been said that “art and wine go hand in hand…” Please talk about your wine of choice and the three artists with whom you would like to share it. 

I don’t drink alcohol anymore, except of course absinthe with Van Gogh. ha! However, I would find it amusing to be the DD (designated driver) for Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Francisco Goya.

Are you familiar with Basquiat (1996), Pollock (2000) and Frida (2002)? In the essence of these biopic films, whom would you want cast for your role? Please explain.


All are very interesting films. For me, I think the great Johnny Depp would be an interesting pick. He can play any part and shine. I have many layers and I would need someone whose ability is exceptionally diverse.