Artist and illustrator, Nathália Suellen graciously took time to answer questions about her darkly intriguing art. Be sure and check out the slideshow to see more of Nathália’s work.
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
I don’t think I could because my work is actually to show things I can’t describe.
What mediums do you use to create your art?
Collage, 3d, digital painting… and now I’m adventuring myself in oil too.
On your website it says you are “Motivated by her love for combining death and dystopia with extremely colorful imaginary worlds.” Do you ever find it challenging to combine these themes? When did you first discover your interest in the darker side of fantasy?
I don’t like pure fantasy at all, I feel like being a fool when something I read or watch is totally happy and “full of joy”. World is not like this, we should’ve been prepared for this world since a child, so we could grow stronger. Monsters are not always bad, Fairies not always good. Life is a dream, long hours of dreaming has consequently some minutes of nightmares and art is a gentle way of saying it, of preparing those grow-up children out there. These frustrated grow-up are constantly searching for this fantasy, but now in an “adult way”, through the art. Fantasy teach us to search for perfection. Dark, to accept imperfection.
What is the most challenging part of the creative process?
I think its to don’t betray your idea. Most of times you have difficulty in executing it the way you imagined so you end up being inclined to give up. Its a hard process of trying and trying and don’t abandon your idea in any circumstance.
What art movement/period inspires you?
I really like the pre-raphaelites and mainly, rococo and of course the 20th century lowbrow.
Finish these sentences:
I always wonder
I never see ordinary things, ordinarily.
I should stop searching for perfection, there isn’t perfection.
What is your favorite work of art you have created?
I’m in love with Corpse Bloom Queen, it was a challenge and I’m glad it could be done, I see I’ve improved.
What is the most challenging/rewarding part of working on a commercial project?
Assemble all different ideas when working as a group and finding your own style in someone’s else project.
What makes for a successful collaboration?
Listen and respect all ideas.
Do you ever suffer from a creative block? If so, do you find stepping away from helps? Or do you just work through it?
Sometimes my creative block is related with long hours working. So a long break is the best solution.
Where can my readers find out more about you and your work?
My website is always updated www.nathaliasuellen.com and Facebook www.facebook.com/nathaliasuellenofficial
• Werewolves or vampires? vampires
• Favorite writer? god (bible)
• Favorite movie? so many, Pan’s Labyrinth and E.Scissorhands are both strong and meaningful movies to me.
• What scares you? spiders
• What’s one word you overuse? surreal is my “amazing”.
• Favorite place to work? anywhere it’s cold and raining.
• Title of your first piece? Over the Hills and Far Away
• What piece of art do you wish you created? I really don’t know, I’m happy with my creations.
• Favorite color? violet
• What are you currently reading? I dont have much time to read but I’m currently reading the BioShock book by John Shirley.
• Coffee or tea? tea, weird teas
• Favorite vacation spot? anywhere I can make art.