Interview: Barbora Sharuzen Gazurova
Luca Curci talks with Barbora Sharuzen Gazurova during OUT OF BALANCE, second appointment of CANVAS International Art Fair, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Barbora Gazurova “Sharuzen”, born in 1986 in Slovakia. She was always passionate about art and eventually she started drawing and painting herself. She studied chemistry in high school and Culturology at the university, having achieved a bachelor’s degree. She didn’t attended art school, basically learning all the media and techniques as a self-taught. In 2008 she started learning tattooing and after moving to London in 2010, she debuted professionally. In the meantime, she kept painting, mostly in oils, always pushing her skills. As in her tattoos and paintings, she loves mixing abstract and realism and bring inner emotions to life.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Barbora Sharuzen Gazurova – I have never attended any art school, so I am self-taught artist. Since my childhood I have always been inspired by my dreams, books, nature and people themselves. Among the experiences that influenced me, I would mention my walks in nature, in forests and ruins of the castle near to my house.
LC – What are you currently working on?
BSG – Actually, I am working on my new oil painting. This one is inspired by the autumn evening walks.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
BSG – This depends on occasion, but usually I find inspiration in nature and in my dreams and daydreams. I can also get inspired by music, colours, emotions and by people.
LC – What is your creative process like?
BSG – Usually when I get inspired, I quickly make a sketch to my sketchbook with a little description around. Later on, when I get my set up ready, I am creating a specific atmosphere connected to the painting I am about to paint. I am happy to be surrounded by different things which are helping me to create the atmosphere I need for my painting. I am also using different fragrances and music as well. After all these are set, the creative process is quite fast. I prefer to paint during the night when it’s quite and I have my creative piece because I need to stay focused. When I am creating a painting during multiple sessions, it’s usually full of emotions. The painting shows me by itself when I have to stop, and so it is ready.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue?
BSG – Emotions and people.
LC – What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
BSG – I like to show let’s say sad things in a nice way. For example, I would paint sadness together with something soft and beautiful. It’s not easy to explain, so rather I paint it.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
BSG – I really like the concept and I think that the theme “Out Of Balance” is very important too. In my opinion, people don’t realize it that much because they have no time to really think about it. What inspired me was to show people how they really are in the moment when they don’t control themselves, like while they are at work or when they are being watched by others – simply, when they don’t play any role, but they are just themselves in their space, surrounded by their emotions.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of pre-existing works?
BSG – I am happy that you like it. They are parts of pre-existing works as I have been passionate by this theme for a while.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
BSG – I definitely think so, cause it’s giving a creative space to wide range of artists working with different media and it’s very interesting to see how they present their ideas from their point of view.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
BSG – I think it’s a very creative project, surrounded by talented artists, and it’s interesting to watch their artworks representing different themes.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
BSG – Of course I did and it was my pleasure. I am already looking forward to collaborating with you in the future.