Since MBA started last June there have been a ton of interviews but I have never interviewed a female artist. I knew they were out there but I could not find any….Well here is the first one…an interview with Lenore . Her work is washed in earthly tones and distorted figures that invite you into a dark surrealistic world.
How did you get your first paying art job?
Actually I can’t remember. I’ve been doing different stuff back in a day, from illustrations to interior design. But I clearly remember my first cover artwork – it was nearly 3 years ago, when some band who knew me told me they were looking for an album cover. There was kind of a competition going on, as there were other designers doing the same job as well. To my surprise, they chose my work at the end.
Who are your artistic influences?
Honestly, I’m not really an art enthusiast, but I can name some artist whom I really admire. Zdzislaw Beksinski – for his fantastic deep endless atmosphere of nightmare, Giger – for brilliant bio-mechanical gothic stuff, Fuco Ueda for her sophisticated sence of color..
I enjoy watching their works when I’m lazy – it motivates me to work harder and think deeper))
What is your studio space like?
I’ve got two desks – one for computer, another for.. really, I don’t know for what, now there is a bottle of absinthe, I like its packaging with Van Gogh portrait)) some notepads, lamps, books and a small chaos of small things..
Being a digital artist, I keep a big collection of photos, textures and other stuff on my hard drive.
I really enjoy working alone and can’t imagine the work without my graphic tablet, which I take with me wherever I travel.
What do you do to kick start your creativity?
I usually need an initial impulse, which might be coming from music or literature or some personal experience. Another, more rational way is trying to analyze things, trying to come up with an interesting idea, play of meanings or forms. Sometimes I just click through the photos from my library of images, and my eye catches an interesting texture or form.
In the end, I accepted the fact that sometimes everything happens easily, sometimes not. People call it inspiration and I probably agree.
Who are your favorite bands of all time?
I try to select music for my current mood and when I can’t find something that fits the situation I’d rather sit in silence or start some movie on the background and listen to it. The list of bands/musicians which I can listen over and over includes Pain of Salvation, Devin Townsend, Chamber, Ministry, Tool, Opeth, Karl Sanders, Dave Matthews Band… Well,I can’t stop)
How important is music for you during the creative process?
When I start working with a band, I listen to their music just to work out the main idea. Later on, I prefer calm, trippy, atmospheric stuff, something not too distracting.
What projects are you currently working on?
At the moment I’m busy with a few CD booklets and T-shirt designs. I try myself in new areas and new styles.. When I feel tired of all my current projects, I try to do something else and just improvise – I like to do quick and expressive sketches to picture my mood or some idea. Also I have some dream projects – for example, to illustrate Lovecraft’s, Poe’s or King’s stories.
How important is the feedback of other artists to your creative process?
I like to work alone, usually no one sees my work until it’s ready. Sometimes I feel like I’m on the right track, if not – I postpone this sketch to return in a few days, to look at it with fresh eyes. As an exception, I can show some sketches to my boyfriend, I appreciate his honesty))
What artist would you like to see featured on MBA?
Seth Siro Anton, Orion Landau would be great, I suppose.