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Studio development and artist statement

I opened my studio and started giving classes in 2009, after pursuing my studies in art history and working in business, I wanted to create my own little place where people could relax and enjoy learning about art as well as work in the area I had studied – this for me was how I could feel most fulfilled, give something back to others, as well as earning an income.

When working in business – in the finance and administration department of a well know international software  company – I remember coming across an opportunity to internally pursue studies to became a qualified accountant – probably the safest path to a career and safe income, but not my heart's calling.

I then decided that if I was going to invest in a university qualification - I was 22/23 years old - I was going to do it in something I really enjoyed studying, so I enrolled in an evening degree program and kept my day job in business; a part from helping me fund my studies, it has given me plenty of experience in finance and administration, and the day to day running of a business.

After a couple of years into my degree, I moved to England, there I completed my studies and continued with postgraduate education in one of the most well known and established research university in the UK; studying there was an eye opening experience. I enjoyed the interdisciplinary approach, as well as the fact that we were made to question and approach our studies from sociological and political point of view, rather than learn dates and  the  aesthetics of beautiful art: we studied the context and historical background in which artwork were created, and saw how art can be a revolutional practice that serves democracy and questions the status quo, as well as at times also the tool of the oppressor.

Once I moved to Switzerland, I decided I didn’t want to go back to business but instead dedicate my efforts in working at what I had studied, and what suited my personality the most: the arts.

In the last 11 years, the studio has focused mainly on art classes for adults as well as children, rather than the purely commercial side of art - although I have sold artwork and taken commissions as well, my focus has been mainly in art classes - in the last four years, after becoming a mother, I have been trying to manage and juggle running my classes while also taking care of my daughter, at times not an easy endeavour, as most working parents  know. Nevertheless, motherhood has been a blessing and a wonderful experience and being able to be both, a mother and a teacher, and to bring my daughter to the studio while teaching, has been an enriching experience, which I am sure, we will both remember. Looking after my daughter while working, has also given me the opportunity to hire and work with other teachers, exposed me to new challenges and taught me new things about myself.

When it comes to my own art, the work  I prefer to do is political, social and philosophical rather than market driven, yet, while a do not believe that “making money is art” I also do not support the “starving artist” idea either, and do believe that artworks should be fairly paid for and artists remunerated according to skills and qualifications, and, as in any other field, there are opportunities for making a living and receiving an adequate income - the fact that you cannot make money with art is as much as a myth as the fact that artist, to be successful, should become famous and only sell to rich collectors.

By work that is political, social and philosophical, I mean feminist, anti-racist, anti- classist, yet Marxist, and queer: open to interpretation and not fixed. When I do work that is static such as paintings, I keep it fluid through different methods such as the use of mirrors. The mirror pieces that I attach to my work are also reminiscent of mosaic and thus craft – with all that this also implies from a political and sociological perspective. I also enjoy experimenting with different mediums such as photography and video art, and whatever medium suits a particular project.

I am particularly interested in the feminine, and how to embrace it and embody it. I am interested in celebrating “feminine art” (flower paintings, craft, domestic art) and “feminine qualities” such as femininity, nurturing, caring, compassion and love, rather than turning the feminine into a masculine archetype of strength, market and competition - not that the feminine does not possess these qualities, I just feel we have been celebrating the latter and tramping overt the former, instead of appreciating both sides of the spectrum; Thus for me, a house wife or a stay at home mother can be as much as a feminist as a working woman.

But what is feminine and femininity? Is it connected to biology, or can men posses these qualities as well? By all means femininity is a broad category which does not belong to a specific gender or biological properties, but to whomever relates to it and would like to embrace it.

In my work I also explore issues of race as well as class, contemporary politics, nature and nurture, individuation, feminism, spirituality, Marxism, science and any other disciplines/theme/subjects that may inspire me. 

 

 

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