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Social Media Interview

A compilation of questions I’ve been asked through social media. Thank you to all the wonderful people who made this section possible.

WHO IS LAMIA?

Lamia is a character from ancient Greek mythology. The first description you’d find is that of a child-eating monster or a hideous creature. Wikipedia even mentions that her name became a bogey word, used to scare and discipline chilren.

Yet if you look deeper, past the surface impression, you’d find a tragic story and a complex, sympathetic character.

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC ETHOS? PURPOSE? AIM?

My hope is to build a bridge between the digital and traditional arts. Having worked in the digital art and animation industry since 2007, I’ve noticed many trends and notions that I’d like to challenge.

Despite the ever growing interest in the field, with all the recent demand for the beautiful 3D rendered visuals, AR and VR, when digital art is mentioned, often the focus is on the word “digital”  rather than “art”. It’s often dismissed as an inferior medium by the general public.

Due to its nature, digital art is inherently harder to value as it allows for easy replication and sharing. I think currently digital art is facing similar challenges as photography when it was making a break into the art market.

I’d love to do my part in shifting public focus onto the “art” part. My aim is to see my work and that of other digital artists being displayed in traditional art galleries and museums.

WHAT'S YOUR ARTISTIC BACKGROUND? WHEN DID YOU BEGIN? ANY FORMAL EDUCATION/TRAINING?

For better or worse, my only formal art education, was taking the subject in high school. I was lucky enough to recieve some informal training from great artists while growing up. Today I frequently take art courses to discover new things and approaches. 

DO YOU GET inspired by music and if so anything in particular?

Inspiration sources are difficult to pinpoint. Spontaneous combinations of fragmented memories, witnessed or experienced events, passages from books, scenes from films or verses from songs. Music plays a large part of it. My playlist is a strange mix of genres and eras, it would be quite a task to point out particular bands. I certainly have a soft spot for 80s and 90s metal music.

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?

The sense of the passing time and the realisation of how quickly it happens.

HOw, When AND WHY DID YOU STARt MAKING DIGITAL ART?

I got my first job in the digital visualisation and animation field in 2007.

Around the same time I also started to create artworks in my spare time to channel out some of the unfulfilled creativity. In 2016 I first collected it all under the “brand” of Eyes of Lamia. Since then it’s been a much more focused and conscious effort. 

What's next on the horizon for "Eyes Of Lamia"?

I will quote from my favourite book:
 
“Allow me to ask you, then, how man can govern, if he is not only deprived of the
opportunity of making a plan for at least some ridiculously short period – well, say, a
thousand years – but cannot even vouch for his own tomorrow?” (c) M. Bulgakov “Master and Margarita”
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