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Art Nordic Art Fair Interview

Updated: Jun 17

How will you describe your creative process? What does it look like?


I believe that being an artist is a privilege yet a very challenging path. I take my art responsibly and always create from a highest-self resourceful state. Each art piece is always unique and special, and I want to bring meaning and good energy with it to the world. The creative process starts with a spark of inspiration, and I take joy in developing the idea by doing the research and sketches. Next comes finding and testing the right materials and setting up the studio. Then the production artistic process begins! That’s the magical part where I loose the track of time and feel very close to my soul!





How has your process developed throughout your career?


Since I moved to Denmark, my inspiration has come to draw upon the Danish design philosophy of minimalism and sustainability. Yet the red thread throughout my journey has been a strong conviction of the need for more sustainability actions and demands. I wanted to find a way to express myself through abstract art by combining the simplicity and passion for nature and adventure. That’s how I developed my signature Colorflow technique – a combination of fluid paints, different mediums and sustainable sourced 23 K gold and silver.


Who are your heroes?


Many female artists as Maria Oriental Wind, Peggy Kupier and Kim Rose have been an inspiration for me, not only in terms of their artistic abilities, but especially in terms of how they’ve managed to build up the brand and hype their artwork. What I learned from them is that it takes so much more than just being able to create great art to stand out of from the crowd and grab people’s attention. When people buy a particular piece of art, it’s just as much based on how they admire and connect with the artist in addition to how they connect with the particular piece of art.


Where do you find your inspiration on a day-to-day basis?


I find my inspiration in nature, from both going on a long walks and the research on how beautiful and diverse our planet is. I am also very often inspired by people and their stories. Love for planet and for people is my drive!


Do you have any rituals or habits when producing new art? (Designated soundtracks, lucky socks, only eating high-end lobster while in the zone, stuff like that)


Yes, I take my art responsibly and always create from a highest-self resourceful state. Each art piece is always unique and special, and I want to bring meaning and good energy with it to the world. I check with myself and if I need to increase my vibrations I go for long walk on the beach, practice yoga or meditate.


What is the one thing people need to know about you, to get the full experience, when seeing your art?


When people ask about me, I usually say something along the lines of being a creative rebel and artist by heart with a background in architecture and design. Originally from Russia, I’ve always had this inner urge to explore the world, so I spent most of my twenties studying and working in many different cultures including Austria, Belgium, China, U.S., and Spain. Now currently settled in Denmark, and after taking in the Scandinavian lifestyle for a couple of years while working as an architect at BIG and COBE, my inspiration has come to draw upon the Danish design philosophy of minimalism, functionalism, and sustainability. While each experience has shaped my understanding of art and design, the red thread throughout my journey has been a strong conviction of the need for more sustainability actions and demands. I’m not the woolly sweater, tree-hugger kind of person but I really feel it’s important that we’re able to create a mainstream appreciation of our natural environments, respect to nature and each other – and use art as the universal language to achieve it.


What can the audience expect from you at Art Nordic ?


The Colors for Climate project aims to create awareness around climate change and biodiversity by using artwork to reach out and touch both the hearts and minds of people all across the world. As the saying goes, a picture does say more than a thousand words, and we’ve been speaking about climate change for way too long. In order to transform climate fatigue into climate action, we need to combat the abstract words and impersonal nature of climate change into something that is understandable and relatable to every human being. I hope my art can can do exactly that by being able to portray the world’s unique and beautiful places in colors and shapes rather than in words and politics. My goal is to raise awareness through the beauty of art by bringing my pieces right into the homes of people, reminding them why our planet is worth saving as they sip their morning coffee and go about with their daily chores at home. In short, I’m on a mission to combat climate fatigue using art as the primary weapon!


If you were to compose a playlist for extra creativity, which 10 songs would you put on it?


Senegal – by Aleceo,

Sao Paulo - The Swan and the Lake,

The Fall -Rhye,

Into Nirvana – Maverick Sabre,

Awaken – Big Wild,

Madiba Riddim – Drake,

Lovesick – Mura Masa, ASAP Rocky,

Motherless Child – Romare,

High for This – The Weeknd,

Cirrus - Bonobo


See the article from Art Nordic:

https://art-nordic.dk/rita-howis/

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