Interview: Adrianne Gojak
Luca Curci talks with Adrianne Gojak during THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.
Adrianne was born in Chile with Argentinian and Croatian roots. At the age of nine, she moved to a city in the north of Germany with her mother. A lot of her childhood she would also spend drawing in her room after tidying up and reordering her toys for hours. As an adolescent young woman, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hamburg and started to travel the world to learn more about other cultures, fashion, fabrics and art. All her life she has been driven by the simple beauty and the perception of art. Fascinated by the process of how a work of art is created, she loved imagining the thoughts and expression felt by the artist through their work. The dreaminess and the intention to leave the freedom of one’s own creative interpretation up to viewer’s eye characterize her works, but more on that later. It can be said that Adrianne consciously followed her intuition, which allowed her to develop as a young artist. At the same time, her passion for visual concepts – especially in combination with fashion – became stronger and so she found her base in Berli, where she now lives. Without knowing where exactly her journey was heading towards five years ago and with the only goal of giving her creativity space to unfold through experimenting, she stepped onto a new path. A path of art, where she found a space for creation to express her imagination. Through her travels and living in different continents and cities as a teenager, she took many photographs of nature, buildings or other surroundings and started collecting them. To this day she continues this impulsive way of photographing, which has become one of her techniques and work processes. The whole process from inspiration, to idea, and then completion, gave her a sense of constant flow and unity between her mind and body. While keeping true to herself, she has since exhibited her first works as a young artist in Hamburg, Berlin and Venice.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Adrianne Gojak – Art for me is dreaming. To find inspiration for life and to get into your own meditative flow. For me it works as a tool to unite the body and mind as one. A place where time does not matter and thoughts have no power. This is art for me.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
AG – For me, there are no particular subjects when I start creating art. I follow my intuition and don’t actually have a specific work routine when creating art. This allows me to explore numerous new ways and different techniques, and if you say so: “subjects”. What is created in the end is not guided by a subject.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AG – Wherever I am in motion. The impulsive way of seeing something beautiful is in fact the trigger. There where I might walk by and had not noticed it at all, if it has attracted my attention, I return and take my time to look at it. It can be the city, nature or the simple observation of my unconsciousness self-becoming conscious again. In this little moment after that is happening, I take a picture, choose colours, try new techniques, sketch, touch textures, all being in movement. When I am creating, I remain constantly in motion, I get up, switch from digital to analog, start something new on the side and during this change of movement I find a new idea, new inspiration and start trying different techniques to express it.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
AG – The perfectionist in me. I have learned from many years of my professional background that “less is sometimes more”. I am very focused on details so it is sometimes difficult for me to be satisfied with the result. For instance, every time I start experimenting on a new picture I kind of challenge myself not to pour everything out of my head and my heart at once and just go one by one. I’m always on the edge of destroying it, and that’s just about the moment I’m finished. Without focusing what you are doing, where is the meaning of doing it. So the motto is trying to still keeping it simple. That’s ultimately where beauty exists, in the imperfect and the unexpected.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
AG – It is a process. What in life is yet anticipated? See, first there is just an idea of mixing two colours, for example, then without knowing what the work will be, it happens unpredictably but consciously. In the process of creating art I express myself: my feelings, my mood, my dreams and everything what is happening is then reflected on a piece of paper. From this point of view, one could interpret it as a form of therapy. I leave the subject and creativity to guess what’s behind it up to the viewer, if you’d like.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
AG – The artworks that are displayed at the current Venice exhibition of “The Body Language” are all works I have created over the past 2 years during my travels. The artworks “Cenote Sunset” and “Underwater Cut” for example I took while I was diving in Mexico with an underwater camera. One was taken in a freshwater cenote, the other one in the Atlantic Ocean. Many elements of both artworks intentionally reflect the actual movement of water. In all the work I do, I like to combine the natural elements with the pictures and visualize them.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AG – I like to surprise the viewer. After a conversation with another artist about my work on the day of the opening, I realized how beautiful and interesting it can be at the same time to leave the viewer to his own interpretation of an artist’s work. I think that is where all magic behind art lies.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AG – Very much. You are a professional young team and I think it’s really great that you are giving young artists like me the chance to be seen. I am very happy to be part of this project. Thank you.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AG – It’s a great platform to support young artists to be seen internationally. Also to connect to art enthusiasts as well as critics. It’s a great way for an artist to perform and find his own voice.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AG – I really liked the diversity of the artworks and the variety in the selection of artists. Diversity makes art so interesting, because each person is so unique. There was no one piece of art on the exhibition that resembled another artist’s.