In his Reith lectures Grayson Perry called artists “Pilgrims on the Road to Meaning”. At New Blood Art we wanted to gain insight into our artists personal roads to meaning so we asked them 3 questions:
The moment when you are at a party (for example) and someone asks: ‘What do you do?’ You say, ‘I’m an artist.’ Can you remember when that moment first happened for you and tell us about it?
After studying I worked for 3 years as a graphic designer, at the weekends I tried to paint and work but it wasn’t easy. I met great people there and I’ve learned a lot, but I quit my job in 2011 and it was the best decision of my life. Now I live from art. I think the moment I felt that I was an artist was when I started to earn money and live from my art. I spend more time in my studio now, my works are well-thought-out, I’ve had many exhibitions. But my target is not selling, it is only side effect. I’m showing my art to the public in Poland and abroad. It gives me strength, and it gives me more and more confidence.
Do you have any rituals or routines to help the creative process?
I wake up very early, and I’m in my studio almost every day. Sometimes if I’m not in the mood to paint at all I force myself to stay there and paint/draw/clean/taking pictures of works or do other things, for example looking for inspiration on the internet or in the press.
My studio has got an unusual atmosphere. It’s located in Old Town in Warsaw which was destroyed and built up again after World War II. My building is listed, many other artists live in my neighbourhood but mostly from an older generation. In the 1950 /60’s the famous polish designer and architect Jerzy Sołtan worked in this studio, before he immigrated to the USA during communist times. I think about it often when I work at his desk, or when I use his old furniture. I wish to know more about this place, to discover more inspiring stories, all with the wonderful view over the Vistula River.
In my every day routine my dog helps me a lot much by forcing me to go out – it gives me distance from my work and gives me the opportunity to get some fresh air.
What was the best piece of advice you were given?
My friend’s advice:
“You never know what’s behind every door that you push open. I’m always surprised at the outcomes! One thing that I have learned is that you should never undersell yourself. Most importantly, you need to believe in yourself. Take every compliment and relish them. The biggest mistakes that I made when I was younger was not to accept people’s belief in my abilities.”