Interviews | January 13, 2024 |

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Image courtesy of Eden Gutstein

Interview: Eden Gutstein
Luca Curci talks with Eden Gutstein during the 13th Edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Eden Gutstein is an illustrator and tattoo artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Through her artwork, Eden skillfully bridges the gap between the conscious and subconscious realms, bringing the dream world to life. With a deeply introspective nature, she uses her art as a means to convey thoughts and emotions that defy easy verbal expression. As a passionate lover of poetry, Eden’s creative work is often inspired by her favourite poems. She takes the words of these poems and transforms them into vivid visual images, translating them into her illustrations. Her pieces have a remarkable ability to spark conversations and invite various interpretations and ideas. Eden’s art is strongly influenced by different artistic movements, including Art Deco and Surrealism, which infuse her work with a sense of nostalgia. Her creations resonate with a wide range of individuals, inviting them to explore the boundaries of their imagination and engage with the rich tapestry of her artistic vision.

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Image courtesy of Eden Gutstein

Luca Curci – What is the trigger that leads you to paint?
Eden Gutstein –
My desire to paint is triggered by a few different factors, depending on the situation.
Much of my work is inspired by poetry and storytelling. When I read a poem or a piece of literature, visuals form in my mind, and I feel compelled to start sketching my insights and ideas. At other times, my art is inspired by specific moods or phases in life I am going through, such as my piece titled “Mental Imprisonment.” There are also occasions when natural beauty prompts me to paint, often inspired by flowers, plants, and nature.

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LC – Which artists have somehow had an influence on your work?
EG –
Since I work in various styles of art, I draw inspiration from a variety of artists as well. One of my top inspirations is Rafal Olbinski. His art is thought-provoking, featuring numerous dream-like motifs that can be interpreted in various ways. I also find inspiration in the works of artists like Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. Beatrix Potter has been a significant source of inspiration for me since my childhood, particularly her botanical illustrations.

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
EG –
As I mentioned in the first question, much of my inspiration comes from literature, poetry, and nature. Interestingly, the moments when I feel most inspired are often the times when I’m not actively seeking inspiration. It’s as if when I stop actively searching for inspiration, it naturally comes to me in ways I hadn’t considered before. It could be during a casual walk, and I suddenly spot a particular flower that I’m compelled to paint. Or it might happen while I’m listening to a song that stirs a deep emotion within me. Occasionally, if I’m fortunate, creative ideas emerge from my dreams, and I wake up with a strong desire to bring them to life on canvas.

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LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
EG –
The most challenging aspect of creating artwork for me is dealing with self-criticism and my pursuit of perfectionism. Often, I have to persevere through these feelings until the piece is completed to make a fair assessment. As I briefly mentioned in the previous question, there are times when I don’t feel particularly inspired, but I still have the desire to draw, paint, and create. During such moments, it can be very challenging to force inspiration. In situations like these, I often need to step away from the drawing easel, engage in other activities, and allow ideas to come to me naturally when I’m ready.

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LC – How is your creative process?
EG –
My creative process begins with sketching out several different versions of the idea I’ve decided to create. After completing all of my preliminary sketches, I select my favourite one as a starting point. When working with traditional media, a significant part of my process involves choosing the right type of paper for the piece. Lately, I’ve been particularly fond of working with linen off-white paper. Following this step, I refine the piece into a detailed sketch. Once I’m satisfied with how it looks, I begin adding color. For my paintings, I primarily use watercolors and incorporate additional details with crayons and colored pencils. When working with digital media, it’s easier to experiment with different color schemes and choose the one that I like best.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
EG –
The vision of the most recent exhibition was brilliant. Contemporary Venice analyzed the relationship between body and space and gave the artist a creative outlet to explore what it means for them. One of the themes was also mixing identities, which let the artists explore their identities to their fullest potential. Landscapes and abstract art were also integrated into the theme, which is one of my favorite themes to work with. The exhibition had an abundance of all art styles.

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LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
EG –
The artwork in the exhibition allowed artists to explore art to its deepest form, in different
styles and different mediums. Some of the artwork was abstract, some included landscapes, and some included different art elements such as luminosity. There were many ways for people to connect with the different forms of artwork there were.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
EG –
I think ITSLIQUID is a wonderful platform that gives artists the spotlight to present themselves, their identity, work and what they are most proud of. I admire the platform’s ability to integrate artists from many different backgrounds and artistic styles.

LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
EG –
The organization of the event was great. The organizers and coordinators were lovely, welcoming and very accommodating. They made sure every artist feels heard and seen.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
EG –
I would encourage artists to participate and work with ITSLIQUID. It’s a great platform to work with, and it is always a milestone to have a great exhibition on your portfolio.

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