Art is non-amputable – is that so?

Interview with Katarzyna Leszczyńska – Kaszuba

by Aneta Bobryk

The original language of this article in English. If you see this text in a different language it means, it is the automated Google translation.

When did you realize that art is part of you?

I don’t know … it just was – like arms, legs and head.

It grew, developed and finally is what it is. Non-amputable.

What inspires you?

Everything!

What is your story?

I have always looked for the possibility of creative dropping what is in my head. The easiest way is to grab a pencil or paints. And that’s exactly what I did, with different frequencies and different effects.

The camera also accompanied me from my childhood, but of course for many years it was simply capturing important moments, and beautiful places. Just photos for an album. But it was satisfying so I always had a camera and took pictures.


The first thoughts about the composition of the picture or how to show what and how, the first read books on this subject and exploring the topic appeared only in the late 90’s.

Then, for quite a long time, my photography revolved around sports topics, more specifically around caves. Cave climbing as well as rock and mountain climbing is another great passion of mine.

What do you feel when you create?

It depends on whether the effects are satisfactory.

Once upon a time I fought till my end for an effect that would satisfy me – it’s better not to speak out loud what feelings accompany such actions!

Today I learned to let go. I already know that sometimes you have to give yourself some time and come back with a different attitude, a fresh mind, a new way to touch the subject.

Artist: necessary evil or incomprehensible man?

Artist is one of the concepts that are difficult to define. Just like beauty or ugliness. Everyone will have a definition. If I had to create my own, it would include the following phrases:

Creator of the statement.

Eternal seeker, reality interpreter, sensorist.

Recipient and giver of sensations.

If you had a taste for happiness what would it be?

Sweet and salty! And green. And blue.

Which does not translate into creativity at all … I think bitter and black dominate there. Sometimes aggressive red. I like topics that stick under my nails – they are not cute …

Does your talent scare you sometimes? If so, why and what is it about?

I am highly critical of myself and my work.

For many years, I thought that it was just hard work and everyone can work out to a good level. It changed a bit during my studies (the possibility of comparing myself with others) and since I run ceramics workshops and I can observe how it looks with others.

Recently I learned what it means to stop thinking in pictures.

I always considered thinking in pictures, seeing ready-made pictures in my head as a natural thing. Until the moment when, as a result of exhaustion, I lost this ability for a while…. it was really scary! Creativity at the zero level and the inability to make sense out of yourself.

Katarzyna Leszczyńska Kaszuba

Do you create in absolute silence or on the contrary?

I like to start in silence. So that there is room for thought and focus.

But when I turn off – nothing can stop me.

What supports your creative process? Is it so, for example, during the day, you suddenly have a flash and you can get down to the realization as soon as possible or do you approach your work calmly?

Coffee and cigarettes. Lots of coffee and lots of cigarettes!

The best ideas come to my mind just before going to sleep. Then they go to the notebook next to the bed. They mature there, grow into details – at the same time I gather the necessary materials. Props for photography, sculptures or ceramics, clay, glazes, etc.

When it comes to creative photography or sculpture, it is simply difficult to implement ideas right away. Usually it requires the mentioned preparations

But of course, during a trip with the camera, it happens that an idea appears under the influence of the existing situation and is immediately possible! Alternatively, a photographic base for graphic games with the obtained image.

If the art you create absorbs you completely or can you divide time into everything and everyone?

Absorbs! I have a problem with time sharing.

What are you afraid of?

No ideas! Boredom. Stagnation. People who lie.

What everyone loves and you can’t stand?

The most difficult question of all!

I don’t know what everyone loves… Maybe kitsch? Kamp? Although today kitsch in art often becomes a conscious choice and a way of artistic expression. In this sense, I respect.

So, cannot art be amputated and is it a part of us who lives and dies with us?

Aneta Bobryk


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Is an artist always a dreamer or a hard-standing person, the artist Petra Stefankova tries to answer.

Aneta Bobryk speaks to Petra Stefankova

The original language of this article is English.

What is your story?

For 20 years I have been a digital artist. My characters have been funky and simple. I started as a vector graphic designer and illustrator designing posters, logos and brochures. Later on, I worked on magazine editorial and advertising illustration commissions for clients in Italy, the UK and the USA.

Petra Stefankowa

Petra published her works in Bruxelles Art Vue Human Body is Art 2021 and Limitless Nature 2021 editions.


In the meantime, I was exploring automatic drawing as a technique for relaxation. They were just doodles to me, nothing much. I usually sketched on small sheets of paper, then larger and larger ones. My work was very abstract with some characters, heads, eyes and other figurative elements in it. So for the higher aesthetics purpose, I created 3D computer models of these drawings and suddenly became quite well-known for this type of work. It was more than 10 years ago.

Another stage was pure line work with black markers. These were just strange and funny characters connected by a single line all over the artwork. I used the style in a children’s book too and led a few workshops with kids thanks to the simplicity.


After many years of doing creative artwork, I started to explore acrylic painting. It was not an easy process, I tested out gouache, oils, watercolors too. Finally, I arrived at a stage, when my art feels ready for people to appreciate it more and more. And it actually works!

BAV Human Body is Art 2021


When did you realized art its part of you?

Art is always part of my life – by day or night.

How your career unfolded?

I studied graphic design, film and TV graphics in Bratislava and Prague, then started to focus more on illustration and digital art. My previous clients include HR Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Future Music, Computer Arts, The Economist, The Guardian, Petplan magazine, Orange, Microsoft Games Studios and others. As a designer, I also collaborated on an animated title sequence for the Hollywood film Nanny McPhee 2 with London based Voodoodog Animation studio. My work has been published in books, and exhibited all around the world.

When do you feel most connected with Universe?

Sometimes I meditate by the computer browsing the internet and imagine fantastic events to happen in my professional life. Later they tend to materialize in reality. Two examples – I always dreamed of being presented on national television news and there you go, I was interviewed for the main TV news a few months ago. I also wished hard to have the opportunity to be published by the Guardian newspaper in the UK, and I was given a chance by the art director in 2018.

BAV Limitless Nature 2021

How your work comments on current social or political issues?

As an illustrator, I usually respond to a variety of briefs created by writers and art directors. Some of my illustrations were created around environmental themes. I even wrote and illustrated a children’s book about a boy who saved a sea whale. I don’t illustrate or comment on politics, but I am interested in the position of women in society and give them major credit in my fine art too. I wrote more about my visual art response to global issues in my article on the blog of the Royal Society of Arts in London.

What is something that no one or very few people know about you?

When I was very young, I trained karate, I was a tennis player and I also played the piano.

What is your life’s big question?

I invested a lot of energy into my artistic development and freelance career, so the biggest question is always my life stability. I have a strong vision of being a full-time artist and follow my dreams.

So is an artist a dreamer or a tough figure with a fragile soul? Is art a better part of the artist’s soul and acts as a guide for the crowd?
I hope that our artist Petra led you to the answer with her interview and works.


Visit Petra’s website: https://www.petrastefankova.com/

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