"Inspiration is there all the time. Sometimes we forget about them or our minds are too busy to see, not only look. And that's something I'm always trying to achieve. To be conscious of what’s happening at this moment." Meet Deusa Blumke...
1. One word that best describes your style: Explorer
2. What does a typical day in your life look like?
I wake up early and must have a coffee, nothing happens if I don't start my day with coffee. :) after that I walk around my neighbourhood when I can and come to my LASALLE studio where I'm pursuing my Maters degree in Fine Arts, and I stay as long as I can, and work as much as I can too, because I love the space there and the interactions that I have with my colleagues, friends and lecturers. Once in a while I go to shows and exhibitions of friends and people I admire.
3. What is your studio like?
I'm working now in my LASALLE College MAFA studio. It's spacious and luminous and the people that I'm surrounded with at this point are very supportive and knowledgeable. So I have the luxury to focus on the development of my work and at the same time get meaningful conversations with my friends and people about art and life. When I have visitors, I try to keep it a bit tidier than when I'm working. My working process is very messy and chaotic, but in this case, messy is good. :)
4. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art.
I'm not sure about the term uniqueness. I believe anyone can do whatever they set their minds and body to do. Discipline, willpower, open mind and persistence are very present in my work. I'm very invested in materiality, relationships inside and outside painting. I work hard and I'm highly motivated with the discoveries and explorations that I'm doing now. I love what I do and I hope to keep doing this for as long as I can.
5. What do you love most about being an artist?
I love the time and connection I have with my work. To be able to leave the 'world' outside my studio and engage with it, to have a dialogue, discussions and listen to it. As most people in our global society, I have a very busy and demanding life and I need time with myself and my art to evolve and have a better understanding of my surroundings. To be able to create time with art and hopefully motivate others with my experiences though my art is something that I value a lot. And I hope to be able to keep sharing these experiences with others and make them feel something each time they see my work in their offices or homes. The world around us is very busy and disengaged right now, and I believe we need to create, be surrounded by the art that most moves us, makes us happy or challenges us. Art that makes us think outside our preconceived ideas.
6. Which is your favorite commissioned piece so far and what is the story behind it?
I'm very happy to be able to work on the commissions so far. The collectors were very supportive and I'm very grateful for their trust. At the end of the day it all comes down to trust. Trust in the company, the artist and the collector. As everything in life, it could go both ways, but if you start with trusting and believing that all sides are working hard and committed to bring the best, everything will work out.
I can't choose one, because in each commission, I learn something new about me and about my collectors. And that's something very exciting and new to me. Each story counts.
Recently commissioned piece by Deusa Blumke
7. What are 3 things you can’t live without?
My family, my art, my coffee.
8. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
I'm always inspired. I'm inspired by walking, by people, by my surroundings, by the lady pouring coffee in the coffee shop, by the construction worker painting the street with yellow lines...
Inspiration is there all the time. Sometimes we forget about them or our minds are too busy to see, not only look. And that's something I'm always trying to achieve. To be conscious of what’s happening at this moment.
9. What does success look like to you?
Success at this point would be to allow my work to grow. Sometimes my mind is too busy and I can't focus or let it do what it needs, because I'm not listening and when I achieve the stage of complete engagement with my work and it responds back to me, not in what I want, but in what we both want to achieve, we finally communicate. It feels like a successful encounter, but just for that moment, the next day brings new discoveries and challenges. It never ends my friend. :)
The Wave by Deusa Blumke
Everybody has one style that they most identify with, and that's wonderful, but when I work with commissions, I'm very aware that communicating openly beforehand with my collector is vital to achieve a successful result. I want to bring something special to them that they will cherish for long time.
10. How do you work on commissions?
My working process is very exploratory and immediate. It doesn't allow previous sketches for approval. I work with an abstract approach and my process involves working between transparent layers and colour. I eventually receive photographs from collectors to understand more about them, what kind of colour and atmosphere they like, to understand their style, and from that, if the collector approves my working process, I start our collaboration.
I need to have some creative freedom to work, but I always keep in mind that the result of our collaboration will go to their home or offices, and it's really important to me that they will be happy with it. Everybody has one style that they most identify with, and that's wonderful, but when I work with commissions, I'm very aware that communicating openly beforehand with my collector is vital to achieve a successful result. I want to bring something special to them that they will cherish for long time. And I'd like to thank The Commissioned for giving me this platform to share my work with collectors locally and from other parts of the world, to communicate with them and listen their beautiful stories. "Saude, Paz e Amor"
To chat with Deusa about your abstract piece, head over to her artist page.