To create is to express, not to impress. Not all artists have a grasp of that simple concept about being a creator, but our new featured artist knows definitely what that means. Her name is Kathrina Rupit. She is a Mexican muralist who is currently residing in the green grass of Dublin, Ireland. She started early as an artist and decided to take it seriously to be doing it for a living.
Kathrina graduated with a degree in art at the Visual Art University in Mexico in 2009. Her pieces are astounding and her motivation is inspiring. We believe that lots of aspiring artists out there would learn a lot from her experiences and her techniques to creating something that can be seen as perfection. Ladies and gents, it is our pleasure to introduce to you this 31-year-old talent, who seems to be coloring the world, one wall at a time. Take a look at our interview with her below.
An Interview with Kathrina Rupit
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Kathrina: I think it was like the best toy my parents could give me to entertain me when I was little, I’ll be a good kid by hours if I just have something to draw or colour and I think I haven’t changed much since then.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Kathrina: Ease, peace, love, unity, inspiration.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Kathrina: Colouring the world.
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Kathrina: I start by the desire to explore a technique or transmit a current feeling...
I also collect newspapers, bus tickets, flyers, old magazines and zines, underground maps, old comics, whatever I found interesting from different countries, as I travel a lot taking part on art projects and painting murals.
These are the first steps, then I paint a Canvas or a made a Mural or I paint on my sketchbook.
For a canvas I start covering fully with a collage of all the imagery from my travels, telling the stories from where I been walking, then I sketch the idea/feeling and then choose medium, I finish it up with spray-paint touches and varnish.
For a mural, I love the cherry pickers and scissor lifts, I love big walls, I start with big shapes into details.
For my sketchbooks, I adore them but they might look very different than my canvas and murals but are my practicing travel companion, they come with me all the time and are full of collage and weird experiments.
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
Kathrina: With all respect, I think that we are finally getting rid of conceptual art as the representative contemporary art, and we are exploring the street/urban/pop surrealism art and more that is more visually attractive and popular without distinction of age/sex/race.
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Kathrina: Hard self-judgment.
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Kathrina: I like to listen to audiobooks while I’m doing paste-ups.
Paste-ups for me are very crafty funny to make and great for listening audiobooks, paste-ups are made by collages with photos of my artwork and couple of colourful papers/ribbons and other crazy stuff I collected, the key point here is quantity as I spread them around the world, paste them on the streets in every country I go and sometimes exchange if the opportunity arises.
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Kathrina: Daily life views, I appreciate those little things that compose a moment, the feeling but also the visual, is like catching the colour of this moment sky to paint a flower or the pattern of the tails on yesterdays floor, the shades of someone’s eyes or the orange-red from a paper lamp.
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
Kathrina: I’m Mexican, I would like some tequila shots with la Friducha (Frida Kahlo)
APA: What’s one thing that you don’t know that you want to learn?
Kathrina: Sculpture! I can’t wait to dig on it.
APA: It’s a random day 10 years ago, what were you creating?
Kathrina: Paste-ups in Mexico.
APA: Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
Kathrina: 1000! I love creating and exploring as I know myself, I’ll completely enjoy the process of variation and exploration more than trying to achieve 1 perfection.as after each piece I think it might be the best, but when I do next one I challenge my self to be the better than the last one, so in my perspective how can I measure
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