What’s your name and where are you from?
I’m an illustrator and artist who works on editorial illustrations, gifs as well as create paintings that deal with movement, pattern and bodies. For my fine art practice I work with gouache, acrylic and ink on paper, for my editorial projects I work digitally. I’ve been a full time illustrator for over a year and was working as an art director before that in Berlin Germany. I now divide my time between Toronto and New York. I graduated from OCAD University in 2008 and have since been part of gallery shows in Amsterdam, Germany, Toronto and New York. My style is a combination of geometric forms and is figurative. I create simple planes and I’m interested in shapes, colours, patterns and flat surfaces.
My current show with my sister Hanna Barczyk is on display until Jan 7, 2017 at Coldstream Fine Art Gallery in Toronto.
What Inspires you?
I’m inspired by every day content, relationships and communication. Dancing, yoga, and sketching are part of my routine to keep me going. Movement/Dance influences my body of work, as it relates to the freedom to choose, travel, and express oneself.
How have you grown and developed as an artist or creative person?
Creativity doesn’t stop so it is always part in other areas of my life.
I like trying new mediums; I’ve also become more interested in using video to create works. This is new for me, as I’ve only worked with moving drawings or gifs.
My creative goals are to work on larger scale paintings and short films.
What are some challenges you have faced and what advise would you give?
Challenges have been not being able to see the end result, but trusting the process. I would suggest for someone facing similar challenges to create a goal list, write down projects that are individual to you and finish the project even if it doesn’t work out as envisioned.
What does your creative process look like?
Usually it starts with sketching or sometimes even writing down notes/thoughts during the day, sometimes weeks later I can see there was an idea there.