Artist Nuria González Alcaide shares how she has awoken and unleashed her inner artist after years of "following the line". Nuria draws on society for inspiration; her project 'When you pretend...' explores themes of compliancy, pretence and solitude, when we feel the need to hide or mask our emotions to conform. Art is a tool for self-exploration; she goes beyond her perfectionist tendencies and allows her emotions to pour onto the canvas. In our chat she shares her studio rituals, creative process and her dreams as an artist.
For Kent based artist John Hammonde, the creative process evokes feelings of excitement, anticipation and euphoria. In his explosive and expressive art pieces he uses a spectrum of colour to express an array of emotion. In our chat John shares his creative process, his exciting collaboration with Folkestone Fringe this year and how art is essential for a balanced mind and a healthy mental wellness.
Glaswegian artist Rowan Rosie reveals themes of travel, vulnerability and femininity in her bright paintings as she surrenders to the creative process. We spoke about her art rituals; the importance of scent and smell, as well as movement and dance to anchor her in creative flow. Rowan walks us through her process including how she tackles the challenge of overworking a piece; and shares how her art affects her well-being.
Ishika Guha approaches a blank canvas by following the impulses of energy that flow within her. She works freely; expressing raw emotion as vibrant poetry. For Ishika, art and creativity complete her. Her vibrant colours become her voice when nothing else works, they are her tool for communication and deep healing. She shares how her growing Instagram community empowers and inspires her; how she pushes past feelings of self-doubt; and how she embraces her night-owl solitude for true dream-time.
Artist Eefje Van den Brande approaches the canvas with fluidity and freedom, taking inspiration from nature to explore the unity between all living things. Starting from a single ink blot, she lets her paintings evolve naturally; encouraging viewers to embrace their emotions, live freely and in harmony with nature.