Crossing borders 017: Sabek

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It’s Sunday evening.

I’m browsing the Internet as I usually do (either looking for reference information for upcoming articles or searching for new art to discover) but today, I’m not looking for anything in particular. A gem comes up after a few minutes only, when I fall upon this short text claiming that “any sort of attraction towards any forbidden things do not bring any good result.” The author continues and writes: “Things that are forbidden are forbidden for logical and good reasons.”

Following this logic, we should just all stay in our lanes and conform to societal norms. The only problem is, the world we live in, the one we’ve built for future generations, well, it’s not going all that well. Wars are spreading all around the world, there’s abuse of power everywhere, we’re about to hit a point of no return in global warming… name a problem, the earth has got it.

Fair enough, that’s a pessimistic point of view on life as we know it. However, that’s not the point.

As human beings, we have this tendency to be attracted to things we can’t have, things that are dangerous or are said to be forbidden. This is as true for toddlers as it is for adults. Growing up, our mothers would teach us what we were allowed to do or not, and later in life, we have laws to guide our every move. And while some forbidden things are forbidden for a legitimate reason, I do not agree with the fact that any sort of attraction to these things can’t bring any good result.

Unfortunately, in many cities across the world, painting on the streets is still depicted as an act of vandalism and you get fined for it. But street art and graffiti is a way of expression, just like photography or any other type of art for that matter. Many adult artists started off their career by an urge to stray from the norm and defy the rules. Maybe transgressing norms to express and share a message or a statement to the world is exactly what we need in order to spark discussions amongst each other, open up our eyes and start changing the way we lead our lives…

Or at least, it’s one way to do it.

For Spanish artist Sabek, the attraction and urge to feel the adrenaline rush from doing something against the “law” is the start of what brought him to where he stands now in the street art world: strong, colorful and expressive.

 

[Fresh Paint Gallery]: You started painting at 16, putting up your name on the walls. What drew you to art to begin with?
[Sabek]: I had been attracted to the idea of painting in the streets from a very young age. At first, it was all about the adrenaline of doing something considered to be “forbidden”. I didn’t have a particular style, I was just looking for emotion. Then things slowly began to change…

 

[FPG]: How has your work evolved over the years?
[Sabek]: A lot. At first, I was only looking for a way of expression in the streets. I wasn’t so much interested in the message as the act. With time, I have become more interested in the content and shape of the message. What I have lived and my own experiences have enriched my work, and have made it evolve.

 

[FPG]: Do you see street art as a reactionary space to open social or political discussions or is it more a personal process?
[Sabek]: The simple act of painting in the streets is already opening up a debate. It enables you to own a space that is usually only accessible to big brands that pay for advertising. They bombard us with messages and information, and you make that space yours, democratizing the streets, conquering spaces for free expression and opening up new possibilities.

 

[FPG]: Could you elaborate on what kind of purpose street art has for you?
[Sabek]: Everything that I live is represented in my work. Sometimes it is more personal, other times it is related to what is happening around me.

 

[FPG]: How would you feel about someone claiming that there are connections between the personal, social and political spheres when it comes to art? What’s your opinion on the matter?
[Sabek]: In my opinion, street art has the power to democratize, to open up public spaces to free expression. It generates questioning and debate. It is important to distinguish it from neomuralism, they are very different things. Art represents our environment from a subjective point of view. So if I am asked whether the personal, the social and the political are related I would say of course, because all these aspects are related within us.

 

[FPG]: What would you consider being the biggest life changing experience throughout your street art career? Can you tell me about it?
[Sabek]: It was definitely in a festival in Kathmandu. I painted a large wall with practically no materials. The locals did not understand what I was doing, I was hanging from a rope, it was my first large wall. The place and context were very special for me and it was a very powerful experience.

 

[FPG]: In your opinion, what differenciates Madrid’s street art and graffiti from anywhere else in the world?
[Sabek]: Street art and graffiti in Madrid is crude, passionate, honest and simple. It is not so much directed to gaining fame or money, as it is to free expression.

 

[FPG]: What kind of relationship do Madrid street artists have with authorities?
[Sabek]: Apart from a few emerging projects, tolerance in Madrid has been zero for a long time. Fines can reach up to 3.000 € for a tag.

 

[FPG]: Pieces and murals tend to get buffed or painted over relatively fast in North America. Is the scene in Madrid very competitive and fast-paced? What’s the reality like?
[Sabek]: Painting is abundant and quick in Madrid. There is plenty of talent and very good weather, which enables public spaces to be constantly filled up with works from different people.

 

[FPG]: Alternative galleries can be a great way of promoting urban culture as a main goal and to present the best of emerging artists. How well would a project of this sort be welcomed in Madrid? Is there any existent street art dedicated galleries for a street artist to showcase his art?
[Sabek]: There are some galleries that work with urban artists, but they are not strictly dedicated to show urban art. Swinton and Grant is a good example of emerging galleries that try to promote urban artists.

 

[FPG]: What are some of your upcoming projects?
[Sabek]: Some traveling and a lot of painting!!!

© All pictures courtesy of Sabek.

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Sabek is a talented street artist based in Madrid who plays with elements and figures inspired by nature, representing an imaginary world through a personal, open and free approach.

Crossing borders 015: Dourone

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I don’t know if any of you have watched the television show Mr. Robot. In short, it’s about a young, anti-social computer programmer Elliot, who leads a double life as a cybersecurity engineer and vigilante hacker. Eliot’s psychotherapist has some idea about his anti-establishment hacker ethic, and questions him:

“What is it about society that disappoints you so much?”

Eliot’s response is telling:

“Oh I don’t know. Is it that we collectively thought Steve Jobs was a great man even when we knew he made billions off the backs of children? Or maybe it’s that it feels like all our heroes are counterfeit; the world itself’s just one big hoax. Spamming each other with our burning commentary of bullshit masquerading as insight, our social media faking as intimacy. Or is it that we voted for this? Not with our rigged elections, but with our things, our property, our money. I’m not saying anything new. We all know why we do this, not because Hunger Games books makes us happy but because we wanna be sedated. Because it’s painful not to pretend, because we’re cowards. Fuck Society.”

A pessimistic view of society to say the least. But some underlying truths hit hard. Our political systems are surreal enough to entertain cartoonish xenophobes while the incidence of bomb attacks provide the all-too-real-backdrop for political theatre. For what cause do both of these phenomena occur? It’s always “us” against “them”. History convulses in violence and irony whenever it repeats itself like this.

Personally, it’s all too depressing for me. This encompasses too much pain. I like street art and graffiti. It makes me smile and reflect on many subjects, especially when the murals are charged with politics and emotion, with a very immediate interventionism and social realism. Art is beautiful for these reasons, has a great reactionary power in these dialogues, brings people together by rendering stark truths. Like Elliot’s ‘Fuck Society’, street art is as nourishing as it is true.

Since 2012, street artist Dourone forms a team and travels with Elodieloll. Their project is to bring “Art For The People” in various countries. Sometimes, the work is black and white, sharply silhouetted and message-driven. Other times vibrantly-colored murals, geared toward respect, inclusivity and freedom.

 

[FP]: I’ve picked up from past interviews that your background is carpentry, painting, decorations, sets, digital and graffiti. You now have a very defined style. What got you in the visual arts industry to begin with?
[DOURONE]: I have been interested in drawing ever since my childhood, so I started at a very young age. I started graffiti later, at the age of 14. The carpentry part is because all his life, my father has been dedicated to making inventions, and I have learned watching and helping him. My first job was in that kind of environment and then I started to work on movie sets. Quickly after that, I started to look for jobs painting shops or decorating interiors for both companies and private customers. Ultimately, I was always doing manual and artistic stuff. I am not afraid to learn that’s why I have tried different things and am still learning a lot!

 

[FP]: What do you recall from your first experience going out to paint murals?
[DOURONE]: My first experience was actually going out to paint as part of a crew and not going out to paint murals on my own. My crew and I used to paint a mural once a month. At first I was with AK crew, then STA crew and my last crew was GNX, but I have had the same experience with all those crews: going out at night to paint on any day of the week, and then on weekends go to a quiet place and paint a mural together. The night painting experience was filled with adrenaline and the murals were more about enjoying myself with my friends.

 

[FP]: Nowadays, you are working as a team with Elodieloll. How exactly do you work things out as a duet? Generally speaking, who does what and how has your art perspective and vision changed from the time you would paint solo?
[DOURONE]: We both have our roles, but it’s a bit fuzzy because I’m the person who creates and draws. Still, Elodieloll’s opinion is very important. Then she takes care of the business and the communication, but my opinion is important too! So we have a balance between each other that I describe like this: 1+1=3. My vision has not changed since we started working as a team, but it has evolved. I have learned to work with a partner.

 

[FP]: You have had your work exhibited in many parts of the world. How do you choose your destinations? What attracts you to one country more than another?
[DOURONE]: I choose very few destinations, usually the destination chooses me! Each country gives me something special that other countries can’t give me and that’s why it is so rewarding to paint all over the world.

 

[FP]: What has been your favorite location to paint at and what would you consider being your most important accomplishment?
[DOURONE]: I don’t have a favorite location to paint at, but I have had some better experiences than others. It is not a matter of location, but a matter of what happens. There are several things I did that I am proud of, but one in particular -and it is still an honor- is a mural registered with the city of Los Angeles. They put a special coating on a mural we did downtown L.A in 2015 and now no one can touch it, neither change anything about it without my permission. That means this mural will be preserved forever!

 

[FP]: Has a country’s history, socio-political or socio-economical context ever influenced your art? For example, Spain is currently in a state of political uncertainty after a split result in the last elections. If you were in Madrid and out to paint, would you speak your mind through the reactionary space that street art creates? What kind of purpose does street art have for you?
[DOURONE]: Of course! What happens in the world influences my art because one of the things that inspires me is the conversations I have with people. At the same time, I never claim one thing in particular for a particular country. My claim is more universal; I try to show values that are important to me.

 

[FP]: What would you consider being the biggest challenge you have had to face throughout your arts career? How did you overcome it?
[DOURONE]: The challenges are all the goals that I impose myself, and that is part of my evolution. I do not call them challenges, but experiences.

 

[FP]: You describe your art as “Sentipensante”, and have expressed that this way of expressing yourself cleared things up in your mind as to how you see your art. What train of thought or event made you choose to depict strong values such as respect, diversity and freedom in your art?
[DOURONE]: It mainly comes from the education I was given, which taught me the basics. Then I think I have had a very happy childhood filled with enough of those three values. However, as I get older I realize that I have to represent those values for them not to be forgotten by all of us.

 

[FP]: In your opinion, what makes Madrid’s street art and graffiti scene unique?
[DOURONE]: I do not know if I should limit it to Madrid, but I can say that there is a fairly powerful and a worldwide recognizable level in Spain.

 

[FP]: What are some of your upcoming projects?
[DOURONE]: I currently have many mural projects, but this year I want to think more about creating artwork on collectible support.

 

© Photos courtesy of Dourone & Elisaloll.

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Spanish street artist Dourone is a self-proclaimed Creative Nomad travelling and painting the world. Born and raised in Madrid, he started his career with graffiti in 1999, painting shop fronts and interiors. He describes his style as “sentipensante”: a contraction of the words “feeling” and “thinking”, a style created by Uruguayan journalist and writer Eduardo Galeano. Influenced by artists like M. C. Escher, Mohlitz Philippe, Jean Giraud “Moebius” and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, he combines graphic illustration and surrealism sometimes using black and white, other times colored lines and vectors in conceptual art.

Okudart & le Kaos Temple :Le street art au service du patrimoine architectural.

Montréal est une ville où le Street-Art est très présent. Avec les événements qu’elle appuie et organise  tel que les Beaux Dégats, Art Attack, de nombreuses expositions et le festival Under Pressure, la galerie Fresh Paint est un acteur clé dans le street-art à Montréal.  Avec ses valeurs et principes 100 % DI,Y elle donne à la ville son identité propre dans la contre-culture en art visuel.

Ce genre d’implication nécessite de rester à l’affût et de s’intéresser aux autres initiatives qui se réalisent au niveau national et international. Il est intéressant de constater que les valeurs du DIY promes par Fresh Paint sont omniprésentes dans des projets créés ailleurs dans le monde. C’est le cas en Espagne, plus précisément dans la ville de Llanera, ou l’artiste Okudart a littéralement métamorphosé une église ancestrale à l’abandon en  un projet hors-norme qui a donné naissance à un Skate-Park public.

_DSC0847L’église de Santa Barbara fut imaginée par l’architecte Manuel del Busto en 1912. Malheureusement, après quelques années d’utilisation, la bâtisse fut abandonnée. C’est alors qu’un collectif, du nom de Church Brigade est mis sur pied dans le but de restaurer ce lieu sacré pour en faire un skate-park public. Ainsi, après de nombreux efforts et de beaucoup de semelles usées, le Kaos Temple finit par voit le jour! Le collectif a le vent dans les voiles et poursuit le projet en mandatant l’artiste Okudart San Miguel pour confectionner une œuvre à travers tout l’intérieur de l’église pour en bout de ligne en faire un skate-park des plus uniques! En effet, après sept journées de travaux intensifs au rythme de 12 heures par jour l’artiste Madrilène fini par transformer complètement les anciens murs austères et neutre vers des formes géométriques et multicolores.

Ce projet n’aurait jamais pu se réaliser sans les nombreuses initiatives 100% DIY traditionnelles de la Church Brigade et de La Iniciativas Habitat. Effectivement, les organisations ont crû au projet et ont lentement mais sûrement accumulé suffisamment de financement en organisant plusieurs événements bénéfices tels que des concerts, des BBQ et des compétitions de Skate. Par conséquent, l’effort consacré donne une certaine atmosphère à l’endroit quant à la passion pour le skate afin de la transmettre au jeune à travers ce lieu authentique.

Pour l’artiste, il s’agit de son œuvre la plus significative qui à travers cette conquête, a fini par concrétiser un phénomène de street-art des plus contemporain. Lors de sa première visite à la fin de 2014, ce dernier fût frappé par le degré d’implication des membres du collectif et il saisi qu’il fallait faire de cet endroit un lieu de rencontre et d’activités. À partir de cette prémisse, il visualise le parfait complément pour représenter l’esprit du nouvel endroit via une fresque couvrant l’ensemble des murs et des voûtes… Tel l’aurait conçu un architecte à l’époque gothique.

_DSC0787Avant de s’attaquer au Kaos Temple, Okudart San Miguel a peaufiné son style à la fois dans les rues, les chemins de fers et les usines abandonnées de Madrid mais également dans son studio pour finalement aboutir vers un résultat plus personnel.

De manière générale, ses formes géométriques multicolores sont complétés par des corps, des visages et des formes organiques. Aujourd’hui les œuvres d’Okudart sont présentes dans les rues et les galeries partout à travers le monde comme au Brésil, au Chili, aux États-Unis, en Afrique du Sud et en Europe.

En résumé, le Kaos Temple se veut aujourd’hui un skate-park hors de l’ordinaire et la fresque d’Okudart y contribue pour beaucoup. Sans les initiatives collectives, communautaires, et la passion pour le skate-board, le projet aurait difficilement pu se concrétiser. C’est en ce sens que l’artiste Okudart a su aller chercher son inspiration pour réaliser cette œuvre ayant une thématique d’accomplissement et de volonté. À cet effet, même si la démarche artistique d’Okudart est désormais considérée comme étant principalement un hybride qui se situe vers le Pop surréaliste contemporain, il n’en demeure pas moins que son implication du coté du street-art a grandement contribué à ce que les fresques du Kaos Temple cadrent parfaitement avec l’esprit du projet. Comme quoi le street-art n’est pas uniquement une forme d’art mais également une mentalité. De plus, il est intéressant de constater que cette fresque ouvre de nouveaux horizons quand vient le temps de reconsidérer les immeubles du patrimoine pour les adapter à la culture et à l’époque. À cet effet, cela ouvrirait de grande possibilité du coté du Québec…

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Crossing borders 008: Animalitoland

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “traveling” means “to go from one place to another, as on a trip; journey.” There are tons of ways to travel: one can stay in hotels, use the Couchsurfing network, apply for a work visa, go on vacation, go alone or with friends… the options are infinite. In whichever case though, trips feed the soul and as Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” It’s not an easy choice to leave everything you know behind and fly somewhere completely new. Embracing an entirely different culture is no easy task, but but the rewards will make you scoff at your earlier indecision.. Sometimes, you can’t explain why you feel the need to do things. They just happen.

Would the world be a better place if every single person on Earth had the opportunity to once in their lifetime? To travel somewhere they chose simply to confront themselves to something they don’t know, to open their eyes on a culture lying at the complete opposite of theirs?  Although I have travelled outside of Canada, I’ve never strayed from North America and its way of thinking. Even so, my travels have taught me a lot about myself and other cultures. In my short time abroad, my opinions and point of views developed during my formative years in Quebec were challenged. In January, I am taking on a whole new adventure and leaving almost everything I own behind, to travel the world. My hope is to take the good in every culture I encounter and become a better person in the process. But that’s me, with a Quebecer reality, where traveling is a lot easier than other places.

Culturally speaking, Argentina is as varied as the country’s geography. Influences in the modern culture come from Italy, Spain and other European countries mixed with some elements from Native American and African roots. Cultural centres like museums, cinemas and galleries are abundant in big city centres and people paint on the street with a lot of freedom. As I was looking for some new artists interested in the “Crossing borders” column, I fell upon Graciela Goncalves’s (Animalitoland) work, and got in touch with her through email. I was curious to have her take on her local urban art scene and the differences in Spain compared to Argentina. “I arrived to Spain a few months ago, and I’m still trying to figure out how to make a living without getting an office job, as I did during my whole life in Argentina,” she told me. “My husband is working in an animated movie which is the reason we chose Madrid as destination for half a year. After finally leaving studio jobs, I’m going to take the opportunity to freelance and travel around Europe for as long as we stay here. I’m marvelled by the different cultures. With no money to spare, it’s quite challenging. To travel, I need to get sponsorships from festivals otherwise I can’t do it. On top of which, freelancing is an eternal legal fight. I tried to give you the general impressions I got and the things that caught my attention from all the Europeans I’ve met.”

 

[Fresh Paint Gallery]: You have a very colourful professional and educational background. How has working as a designer and working for video games influenced your way of producing your art?

[Animalitoland]: Design gave me structure. I tend to look for harmony between shapes. Colors are the translation of a certain mood or personality; everything has a purpose. Then, working for video games and animation studios gave me speed of execution and I loosened up. I think the best is somewhere in between those extremes: being able to build a structure while still having the freedom to play with it.

 

[FP]: What would you consider being one of the most important things you’ve learned at school and one of the most important things you have learned on the streets painting? Why?

[Animalitoland]: From university on, I’ve stuck with a very basic thing: design is communication. The message defines every aspect of the aesthetic. In my personal work, 99 per cent of the time it’s just a feeling I can’t express otherwise. Even if it’s difficult to explain, there’s always something behind the image.  That’s a simple thing some people don’t understand. The amount of times I got requests to build an image that just “looks cool” is unquantifiable.

The best thing from painting in the streets is connecting with people. I had no idea what gigantic snowball I was getting into just by painting outdoors. I met people from the neighbourhoods who shared their thoughts about the walls, and that’s so much more interactive and different from museum or galleries. I also connected with other artists. Once you paint with someone, chances are you end up becoming friends and the diversity is amazing. You can find people who have money and academic backgrounds and some who grew up in the streets all painting in the same street. Walls don’t mean the same to all of us, but it’s the place where everyone gets together. When I started travelling, I realized that you can go to a place you’ve never been and find yourself welcomed by strangers just because you both paint. It’s like a worldwide family.

 

[FP]: What would you consider being greatest accomplishment?

[Animalitoland]: Leaving my comfort zone, quitting the studio job and traveling in order to try new things. I’m thankful for my husband who encouraged me to do this and we’re both currently exploring and trying to figure out what will come next.

 

[FP]: Have you ever had any troubles with authorities when painting outdoor murals? What kind of risks are there to get arrested in your hometown for painting illegally?

[Animalitoland]: No, the worst thing that happened to me was that they made me leave. I was never afraid of violence or serious legal issues in my country. A friend and I once painted an abandoned wall, 2 blocks away from a police station. We set all the spray cans on the ground and waited for 10 minutes, to see if police cars stopped. No one told us anything, so we just started painting. We spent the whole day painting happily. I really miss that freedom.

 

[FP]: Can you describe what the street art scene is like in Buenos Aires? Is it everywhere like so in Argentina?

[Animalitoland]: You can paint all day long which allows you to do big detailed walls and take the time to get to know the neighbours, who often approach to talk and maybe share some food or drinks. Public spaces like parks are completely covered with graffiti. Some pieces don’t even last a day. When I wanted something to last, I started ringing bells and asking neighbours if it was ok to paint their walls. That’s all it takes; if the police comes, you just say you have permission. You don’t need a legal paper. I think that freedom encourages more people who have nothing to do with graffiti culture to go out. That’s why you can find all kinds of styles out there. Buenos Aires, the capital, is very crowded. Maybe there’s a little less amount of painters in other cities, but at the same time, I think people tend to be friendlier in smaller communities. Argentina is a huge country so I can’t speak for all of it.

 

[FP]: In a past interview for We Heart Magazine, you said moving to Spain and meeting different artists from across the world made it possible for you to find your Latin American features. In your own perspective, what would you consider that being? What are the main differences in terms of difficulties for an artist living and working in Argentina versus Spain?

[Animalitoland]: It’s difficult to describe. What I’m seeing as a first shock is that in Europe there’s a lot of resources. There are specialized schools, events where you can meet huge artists and professionals and also a ridiculous variety of specific tools for whatever task you want to perform.  So on one hand, I’m sad we don’t have those opportunities back there, but on the other hand, I see people move inside of big structures, taking things for granted. So I think the “latin thing” is to have no certainties, improvise with whatever you have at hand. If you want to become something that doesn’t even have a name, you just make it. You make your own tools and your own path, study on the go, trying to feed your head by researching and learning from experience. All that chaos is a good place for creativity.

In Argentina, most people give up artistic careers because they think they won’t be able to make a living out of it. I was one of them. And I don’t mean to earn a lot of money; I mean to survive. So if you don’t work, you don’t live. I see European people who don’t have jobs and yet the state supports them, so if they are not working, they are studying or travelling. That, in addition to the resources you can find here. Looks like a more relaxed way to decide to become an artist.

 

[FP]: In your opinion, what are some solutions that could be put in place to help artists out live a good career? Is company sponsoring and festivals enough?

[Animalitoland]: I’m sorry. I couldn’t possibly answer this now because I’m struggling with it myself. I’ll definitely tell you if/when I find solutions. I’m working on it!

 

[FP]: What do you miss most about the local street art scene in Buenos Aires?

[Animalitoland]: I miss the day-to-day thing. The freedom to just grab my bike, some spray cans, and go. Look for a spot to paint all day long without worrying about the police. Painting with my friends, getting to know the neighbours, drinking and eating with them (sometimes painting on a weekend can end up like a real picnic). I’m now living in the center of Madrid and I know that if I’d live a little further from the city I might find more peaceful places, but I’m here to try new things, so…

 

[FP]: I have seen blogs on the Internet mistake you for a male artist. How do you feel about that?

[Animalitoland]: I don’t really mind. I know some people think women don’t paint well and things like that, which is completely wrong, but at the same time I don’t like being put in a “female category”. Keeping genders apart might work in sports, but in art it has no sense. I could be a man, a woman, even a transgender. It doesn’t matter. I treat everyone the same way, so I expect the same in return.

 

[FP]: How hard is it working as a female artist in a field filled with stereotypes?

[Animalitoland]: I think there are people everywhere who don’t know how to communicate with the opposite sex without acting silly. But it has never stopped me from doing my job, so I try not to pay much attention when I come across them. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been surrounded by guys. I played football with my friends, then comics, animation, video games and graffiti. I usually forget I’m different from them. And yes, it happens sometimes that they are rude to me and it’s really annoying. But it’s usually before I start working, so it’s just prejudice. Things cool off after and I somehow always find nice people to talk to.

 

[FP]: What message you wish to deliver through your art is most important to you?

[Animalitoland]: I don’t have one big statement, I usually translate into images what I’m feeling at the moment. Because of that, I think the bigger picture would be to allow yourself to be moved and surprised by small things in the daily life and be free to play with your imagination in order to transform your reality.

 

[FP]: On what will you be focused on during the next few months?

[Animalitoland]: I want to make the most out of my stay in Europe before going back home. I’ll try to travel and paint in different cities, meet and interact with the vast diversity of cultures here.

 

© All photos courtesy of Animalitoland.

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Animalitoland, as described on her website, is the “home of all kinds of creatures”. The Argentinian artist has worked on character design for TV ads and toys, digital color for movies and ads, conceptual art for video games, art direction for interactive applications and illustration for printed media. Recently, she quit the studio and video game industry and moved to Spain with her husband. Her plan during the half-year she’ll spend there? Enjoy it as much as possible. Animalitoland does colourful illustrations, wall paintings, installations and custom art. Her work is often reminiscent of comic books; you enter a new world full of imaginary characters and almost become part of it that is, until you turn the last page.