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In response to today’s daily WP Prompt: Evasive Action

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Artist Interview: Petra Kakakios


When I first ‘met’ Petra during our art studies last year she was only 18 years old yet the artwork that she has produced would have you believe that she is much older, and convinces me that she is a prodigy. Petra excels at art, music and Taekwondo. What a joy it has been to see this extraordinary young artist flourish with well deserved accolades in recent exhibitions. When you read Petra’s words below you too will be struck by what an exceptional young person (and artist) she is. This is a link to Petra’s Facebook Artist Page, and to her Youtube Channel.

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Petra Kakakios
  • Who are you and what do you do?

I am an artist and an athlete in the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo. My Art and Taekwondo compliment and balance each other and are equally important to me. So, researching material, connecting themes, then drawing, painting, composing music, writing poetry, photographing ideas, and training in my sport, drive my purpose and empower me to be the best I can be.

  • Why do you do what you do?

I create art because I see it as my calling in life. It is my mission, my thing. It is what I can do! It is an extension of myself.

  • How do you work?

I am very perceptive and observant of what is happening in the world around me. I often have a strong visual idea from that insight and then reflect on how I can translate this most effectively. I may begin sculpting my subject and setting, then photographing it. This is the Performance Art aspect of what I do. I then make sketches, draw and/or paint it. As I am painting, I am able to hear its voice and during this process may compose music to accompany, or be part of the artwork.

(WARNING: viewers may find the images below disturbing)

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Photography and Make up 2015
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Graphite Drawing, 2015, 29.7 x 42 cm
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“Untitled” 2015, acrylic paint on canvas, 45 x 60 cm
  • What’s your background?

I am 19 years old and the second eldest of eleven children in my family. (I am the eldest girl, though 😉 I live in rural South-East Queensland on 180 acres of mountainous land. I have lived in Sydney at interim periods of my life and I can’t wait to move to a vibrant city in the near future!! I have been home educated since age 5, completing Year 12 in 2013 and home trained in Taekwondo. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art online.

  • What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Being true to oneself – not deviating or distracting from who you are. Learning and challenging your assumptions is essential to the work of an artist. Creating original artworks derived from the heart.

  • What role does the artist have in society?

A true artist has a very significant role in society. Not only does an artist bring forth his/her intentions, perspectives, and perceptions of life, but in doing so, creates the opportunity to touch the lives of others. The artist prompts the public to respond, creating dialogue, whether it be internal or external, silent or expressed. As an artist, I think the role is to help the public learn more about themselves as individuals and as a society, culturally, socially, historically and personally.

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“Goodbye Sweet Hat” 2015, Acrylic paint on canvas, 45 x60 cm
  • What has been a seminal experience?

When I was eleven years old, I vividly remember how excited I was when I heard the news that my Mum was going to have a baby. There was a mystical feeling about this new life coming into the world which affected mine. I was going to be there, and have someone new to love and help take care of. My Mum miscarried that child quite late, which was the first of a few. During this time, it seemed the disappointment was unbearable. I think that experiencing this loss was a defining point in my life. I began composing music, writing poetry and painting to express the sadness I felt about the real loss of children whom were supposed to be part of my life, and uncanny as it may sound, their absence has made them present, still here somehow. Now I am compelled to create art with gaps and silences, with something missing, so that what is not there, is noticeable and present.

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  • Explain what you do in 100 words

I tend to experience phenomena very profoundly and create what I feel about a particular subject. Music and art are my way of expressing these associated feelings. I compose music and create to the feeling generated or vice versa. Life stories, the everyday, tragedy and loss particularly influence me and I am compelled to visually translate this. As the artist, I want to force people to look deeper, to see what is really happening. And because I become, or take on the role of who and what I am creating, I am often trapped in the theme.

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“Knock out the Glass People! It isn’t Beautiful!” 2015, Graphite powder and gouache paint on paper, 59.4 x 84.1 cm
  • How has your practice changed over time?

My style is continually changing. I think my whole outlook on art has changed over the years too. I have branched out from only painting in acrylic, to drawing with graphite, to using different mediums and techniques, employing photography and film, composing and adding music to my art – to being completely unlimited in what I use to best translate my perceptions. I have transformed from being timid in my artwork, meekly introducing my ideas, to now, confidently shocking the viewer into realisation.

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“Black Rose” 2014, Mixed Media on Canvas, 60 x 50 cm
  • What art do you most identify with?

I identify with hyper-realism and magic realism in art.

Hyper-realism and magic realism create an intangible form that is rather abstract and cannot be painted. The two forms create a magical sentiment that is ‘unreal’ in realism, unseen in the seen and present in the absent.

  • What work do you most enjoy doing?

I really can’t choose what I enjoy the most. Photography, drawing, painting etc is all a part of the performance. Each stage has a purpose in the creative process and I enjoy each one as it comes about naturally.

  • What themes do you pursue?

The fundamental theme of my art is sweet childhood. The components that course through this theme are: suffering, the forms of abuse, the slave trade, crime, war and these are juxtaposed subtly alongside historical and political events. Innocence and vulnerability are evident and simultaneously hidden. The way I highlight the naivety of my subject is by inserting a fantasy element. In the ugliness of the reality, there is an underlying beauty in the imagination.

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“Harmony of Hooves” 2014, Graphite and Gouache paint on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm
  • What’s your favourite art work?

I think one of my favourite artworks would be my own painting, “anima al finé”. It is the only piece of art I have created that has truly connected with me, my purpose and the audience.

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“anima al finé” 2014, Acrylic paint on canvas, 60 x 60 cm
  • Describe a real-life situation that inspired you

When I was 14 years old I entered my first acrylic painting of a wolf, “Call of the Wild” in a Write4Fun Art Competition in 2011 and came second out of 6,000 entries. I was inspired by the winner’s realistic drawing and I began experimenting with other materials, techniques and styles.

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“Call of the Wild” 2011, Acrylic paint on canvas, 30 x 40 cm
  • Why art?

Art allows me to express outwardly what I experience internally.

  • What is an artistic outlook on life?

Being able to see more completely. Not just taking a quick glance but really beholding.

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“The Way We Were” 2015, 29.7 x 42 cm
  • What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I have witnessed people standing back, in front of my artwork, utterly absorbed by it. The most memorable responses are optimistic.

  • Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

I think there is a marked difference between lonely and being alone. I am not lonely because I am surrounded and supported by my family, yet I am alone in my endeavour. Any vocation that requires extensive periods of time alone, like an author or an artist, I think you have to recognise the prospective loneliness. To counteract this possibility, I intend to experience campus life, where I am receiving more constructive feedback and critical analysis from others.

  • What do you dislike about the art world?

I dislike the results orientated mannerism that is encouraged – it misleads artists from their purpose. I don’t like how there are political undertones for attaining recognition as an artist.

  • What do you dislike about your work?

What I don’t like is how restricted or limited I am with materials and financial ability. The challenge is to find a way irrespective and that is part of being an artist. However, I feel I haven’t been able to reach my full potential at this point in my career.

  • What do you like about your work?

I like that I can see how much more I can do. This is exciting for me.

  • Should art be funded?

I think there should be requisites to funding and I would like to see funding go through the right pathways for it to be accessible to the right people.

  • What role does arts funding have?

I think it would have a massive role in society. At this point I am only understand the significance of funding at a local level and would like to see artists, youth workshops and events funded.

  • What research do you do?

I research images and articles and different media sources on tragedy, war, genocide, anti-Semitism, religion, terrorism, and specifically integrate child victims. I like to investigate historical, cultural and contemporary events. Painting and material techniques are also a part of my research and depending on what I want to create, I can discover the best processes.

  • What is your dream project?

My dream is to design and build the most unique art gallery in the world and have my work exhibited! I’d like to travel the world photographing/filming people and events and coming back to my studio to continue the creative process! My dream is to touch and change the world through my art!

I have a Taekwondo dream to become World and Olympic Champion.

  • Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

I really don’t like to compare myself to other artists. But I will state the artists that I most admire.

Gottfried Helnwein, Chiharu Shiota and Kathe Kollwitz. I especially relate to Gottfried Helnwein’s subjects, art forms, notions and perceptions.

  • Favourite or most inspirational place

I find inspiration everywhere as all my ideas are influenced by what happens in the everyday.

  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Do what you think about!

  • Professionally, what’s your goal?

To be exhibiting my work on a global scale.

  • What wouldn’t you do without?

Living!

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What if you were wrong?


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I response to the WP Daily Prompt: Alma Mater

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In response to the WP Daily Prompt: Quirk of Habit

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A different kind of storm, but still… Today’s WP blog prompt: Sudden Shifts

Artist Interview: ‘Joti’ (Julie Taschke)


Joti. “Objects of Obsession” 2009 Water soluble oil on canvas 30 x 60 cm x 2 panels
Joti. “Objects of Obsession” 2009 Water soluble oil on canvas 30 x 60 cm x 2 panels
  • Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, my name is “j0ti” (Julie Taschke). I am an artist, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunty and art is what I do. 

  • Why do you do what you do?

I do my art for pleasure, as a release for my Bi-polar tensions, most of all because I can. 

  • How do you work?

Usually I work intensely, have to finish what I begin in a day, but sometimes I like to plan and take my time, changing my plans as I go. 

  • What’s your background?

I grew up in the middle of six children in a loving family in North Queensland. We had a lot of spare time on our hands, as many hands make light work, so drawing and story writing became some of my favourite pastimes. Childcare was my main working background. 

  • What’s integral to the work of an artist?

Imagination, freedom, communication and a desire to create is integral to the work of an artist. 

  • What role does the artist have in society?

An artist role is to share some new insight of their surrounding and imagination for viewers to participate in, appreciate, love, hate, communicate about, and invoke emotions. 

  • What has been a seminal experience?

I guess being hung in Parliament House, Brisbane, as part of a group show, not once but twice made a big difference to the way I viewed my art.

  • Explain what you do in 100 words.

I used to get an idea and just go to my paper or canvas and paint, draw, create. I have learnt from others that sometimes it is best to sketch and plan what I do. Now I use either method, depending on what I am creating. I like my work to be spontaneous. Water soluble oils are a favourite and I am partial to using pastels, charcoal and ink but in recent months I have ventured into the world of glass and clay. I am now teaching art at a community centre near me and find it so rewarding to be able to share my knowledge with others who are interesting in listening and learning. 

Joti. Bi-polar 2015 Glass
Joti. Bi-polar 2015 Glass
  • How has your practice changed over time?

I began my art practice as a way to cope with trauma; I now use my art practice to share my feelings, insights and way of viewing the world through mental difference. 

  • What art do you most identify with?

Surrealism seems to be the style that intrigues me the most. 

  • What work do you most enjoying doing?

I really enjoy ink and charcoal, but any medium is good. Miniature works are the best for me but I am up for any size work really. I enjoy creating new life in old familiar objects. 

  • What themes do you pursue?

I usually pick a theme that suits my mood. If working towards a group exhibition then I go with the group theme otherwise I just pick a word and see what happens.

  • What’s your favourite art work?

I am yet to pin just one artwork down as my favourite. 

  • Describe a real-life situation that inspired you

A real life experience in my art world was to walk through the Louvre in Paris, the Vatican Museum in Rome and to stand in a room with some of my favourite paintings by Salvador Dali, Picasso, Renoir, Monet, Chagall and Gaugin in London. These experiences have inspired me to create more freely and to realize that my meagre contributions to the world of art are different again from anything that I have encountered in these wonderful galleries. 

Joti. “Logan” 2002 Acrylic on canvas 40 x 40 cm
Joti. “Logan” 2002
Acrylic on canvas 40 x 40 cm
  • Why art?

I was not really into sport or school at the time I became interested in art. Art could take me anywhere and I could work on it anytime, even when at family functions, or in the car and it kept me calm when nothing else did. 

  • What is an artistic outlook on life?

Looking at the world from a different perspective, not just the role you are given, but the one you create for yourself. 

  • What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I have had a young lady sit in the gallery room, where my painting was hung in our group exhibition, and start singing the song that I had painted the music for within my painting. 

  • Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?

Artistic life can be lonely as you spend so much time within yourself. I share myself with others who are like minded, assisting in teaching others with intellectual difference and I volunteer with people who have Dementia in an Art appreciation group. 

  • What do you dislike about the art world?

It seems to be very clicky where I am, if you do not keep in with the “in” group you really have to fight to get noticed. 

  • What do you dislike about your work?

Each piece of work has its own character and sometimes the work just does not sit well with what I had set out to achieve. It does not deter me, if I do not like it I set it aside and come back with new eyes in a couple of days and adjust the character. 

  • What do you like about your work?

I like that my work is so different from most of the other artists that I exhibit with. It inspires conversation about the meaning of my work. 

Joti. “Together” 2009 Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 40 cm.
Joti. “Together” 2009
Acrylic on canvas. 30 x 40 cm.
  • What research do you do?

I research ideas I have for artworks, mainly to see if what I am thinking of has not already been done before. I also research topics that grab my interest such as dementia, autism, food sensitivities, mental illness and of course art styles. 

  • What is your dream project?

At this stage in my art practice this would have to be to hold my first solo exhibition before the end of this year. 

  • Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

Salvador Dali, Picasso and Pro Hart. 

  • Favourite or most inspirational place

I have been to some very inspirational places as I mentioned earlier, but my favourite place to create is at home, under my gum tree. 

  • What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Trust in myself, live life like there is no tomorrow, express what I feel so others may feel it too. 

  • Professionally, what’s your goal?

I would like to finish my Bachelor of Arts: Fine Arts degree, with some psychology and dementia studies included then work helping others (teens) who need to express their inner turmoil so they can live with an artist outlook on life. 

  • What wouldn’t you do without?

I would not do without me, myself and I and the freedom to express my inner most feelings in my art. This is what I think makes my life and art different.

Joti. “Mystic” 2002 (shown in 2006) Acrylic and pastel on canvas. 60 x 60 cm
Joti. “Mystic” 2002 (shown in 2006) Acrylic and pastel on canvas.
60 x 60 cm

 

WP Daily Prompt: The Stat Connection

How does a kangaroo eat its food?


Jeremy Gregory. 2006. Gluttony. Materials and dimensions unknown. Accessed from: http://www.imagekind.com/Gluttony_art?IMID=9dd91032-6cd2-4bb2-a78b-9715571f7631
Jeremy Gregory. 2006. Gluttony. Materials and dimensions unknown. Accessed from: http://www.imagekind.com/Gluttony_art?IMID=9dd91032-6cd2-4bb2-a78b-9715571f7631

In response to today’s WP daily prompt: Live to Eat “Some people eat to live, while others live to eat. What about you? How far would you travel for the best meal of your life?”

Trying to keep it light and somewhat silly as this is a sensitive topic.

If that put a smile on your face the bloopers reel will have you chuckling. 😉

A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!


Elle Wesson (8 year old). 2015. Coloured pencil on paper. 5 x 7 inches. Accessed from: https://marionwessonstudio.shutterfly.com/949
Elle Wesson (8 year old). 2015. Coloured pencil on paper. 5 x 7 inches. Accessed from: https://marionwessonstudio.shutterfly.com/949

In response to today’s WP Daily Prompt: Second Time Around “Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?”

Many years ago (when I was a teen) I first read Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, available at Amazon. Over the years I have reread it dozens of times, every time there was something ‘else’ that had a deep impact on me.  The book is not merely about a bird, it was about a soul that had the courage to break free from the constraints of norms and expectation to experience its own greatness in this world and beyond. Here are a few of my favourite quotes from the book:

“Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand!” 

“We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.”

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip,” Jonathan would say, other times, “is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”

“Overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now.”

“Jonathan sighed. The price of being misunderstood, he thought. They call you devil or they call you god.”

Quotes from Goodreads

When in doubt… fumble on.


Jenny McCracken. "Faces of Shop Small.' 2 x 3 meters. Chalk and paint on canvas. Accessed from: http://zestevents.com.au/promoting-the-faces-of-australian-small-business-shopsmallau/
Jenny McCracken. “Faces of Shop Small.’ 2 x 3 meters. Chalk and paint on canvas. Accessed from: http://zestevents.com.au/promoting-the-faces-of-australian-small-business-shopsmallau/

In response to today’s WP Daily Blog: Naked with Black Socks “Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why?”

As some of you  know I am an expat, formerly from South Africa. These embarrassing (albeit hilarious) public speaking fails were recently made by the current S.African president, Jacob Zuma.

But my favourite is the S. African sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial who clearly didn’t know how to sign at all; instead he just made up some gibberish. How he thought he would get away with that is anyone’s guess. 😀

Alexandra Leaving


Artist unknown (signature illegible.) 2008. ‘Leonard Cohen’. Watercolour. Accessed from:https://www.pinterest.com/pin/224687468881329941/

In response to today’s WP Daily Prompt: Voice Work “Your blog is about to be recorded into an audiobook. If you could choose anyone — from your grandma to Samuel L. Jackson — to narrate your posts, who would it be?”

Why, none other than the incomparable Leonard Cohen of course. I’ve loved his work and voice for as long as I’ve been alive.

Alexandra Leaving

Suddenly the night has grown colder.
The god of love preparing to depart.
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
They slip between the sentries of the heart.

Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure,
They gain the light, they formlessly entwine
And radiant beyond your widest measure
They fall among the voices and the wine.

It’s not a trick, your senses all deceiving,
A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for this to happen,
Go firmly to the window. Drink it in.
Exquisite music. Alexandra laughing.
Your firm commitments tangible again.

And you who had the honor of her evening,
And by that honor had your own restored
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Alexandra leaving with her lord.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for the occasion
In full command of every plan you wrecked
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect.

And you who were bewildered by a meaning
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Songwriters: COHEN, LEONARD / ROBINSON, SHARON
Alexandra Leaving lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

Awesomesauce Award


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I created a (somewhat cheesy) award for contributors to my ‘Artist Interview’ series on the blog, just as a thank you to these amazing artists for their time and wisdom. This award will randomly be awarded to others who inspire me over the course of this year, and of course to all interviewees. If you are an artist willing to be interviewed for this series please contact me.

If you are pretty awesome and talented and would like to boast an awesomesauce award on your blog too, send me a comment with your blog’s url. If you would like to nominate someone else’s blog for the award, send me a comment with their url too. 😉

Recipients of the awesomesauce award to date are:
Gaye Tait
Andrea Lumsden
Stephen Tiernan
Tracey Fletcher King

Click on the links above to see for yourselves how awesome these artists are.