MARIE-ANNE WACHNICKI

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

MW: I try to tell stories in my illustrations in a naive style. It’s mostly colorful and simple and you can find lots of funny details to create your own story.

MW: Mainly from children books. It’s rich in patterns, colors and it’s fascinating to get absorbed in lots of different artistic styles.

MW: When I start a new project, I work with key-words. Then I spend my time between testing colors and patterns and searching inspiration in books, exhibitions or the internet. Once I have the ideas/images in mind I start drawing for hours. I don’t like taking a break otherwise I lose my spirit.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

MW: I love when people smile or laugh with the things I draw. It’s like I won the lottery.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

MW: I’m half illustrator, half applied art teacher so it’s not always easy to work in a steady way. Somedays I work a lot, other days I can’t or I take it easy.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

MW: It depends if it’s a commission or not but mostly people I work with give me carte blanche.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

MW: I think it’s create your own universe and make yourself happy. If you enjoy what you’re doing that will affect your work as well.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

MW: For sure ! But taste is always something in progress so it can change.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

MW: Being self-confident.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

MW: Freedom !

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

MW: Brecht Evens. I’m a huge fan of his work. It’s spectacular !

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

MW: I like working with different mediums, and digital offers lots of possibilities. I mostly use it for commissions because you can easily and quickly show your ideas and it’s really helpful when you want to modify colors or patterns without changing your drawing.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

MW: Not really. My work is more about the way the world around me affects me.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

MW: Sure ! I love it ! I don’t have a favorite city but I really liked my 4 month trip in Finland. It’s a fascinating country.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

MW: Arthur Rimbaud. His poems are wonderful and inspiring

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

MW: I’d like to expand my clientele and maybe do a new book !

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

MW: To express myself in a different way. To show another part of my personality

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

MW: Ain’t got no, I got life. Nina Simone

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

MW: I really take pleasure in drawing and I hope you feel it.

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