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Artist Interview: Q&A Session With Professional Painter Julia Weyss

Julia Weyss Gallery

APRIL 1ST, 2017 4:28 PM

Julia Weyss, what are you working on now? What are your plans for the future?

Currently on my unfinished canvas I have a view of the ocean, and I am uncertain of it’s outcome.

Many artists say that you need to represent on canvas what is depicted at the end, but I see everything differently.

I could never build a certain algorithm of my actions in life,  I never plan my day.

To me, planing my creativity is simply impossible.

There are some thoughts and ideas, but they have not yet taken shape.

Here, you completely rely on intuition and chance: saw, heard, felt, touched.

If something in the picture does not go, watch, listen, wait for a clue.

Just take on the canvas,  and look for color.

Sometimes you strive yourself at work for several months, but there is no result.

This is a very complex process that requires a lot of emotional

and mental stress (pressure or tension exerted),

as well as the costs of physical strength (relating to the body as opposed to the mind).

I think you should not look for something in your head, because art is a spirit.


Do you think the audience need to explain the meaning of a painting?

One of my favorite movie directors David Lynch, in every possible way

avoids interpreting his works, says that art cannot be told in words.

 I agree with him. For the most part, creativity cannot

be expressed in words. This is at the level of feelings and perception.

This already depends on the spirituality of the viewer, as far as they are ready to perceive what he has seen.

Of course, if the viewer asks you need to explain what you wanted to say.

For me, it sometimes turns out to be a revelation, personal exhibition of the artist,

where you see how a person lives, how he thinks, has a particular opinion, belief, or an idea that you cannot read through one work.

Here you start more deeply interested in the personality (the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character) of the artist.

To better understand it’s peace, you are waiting for his next works.


Can you lose interest in creativity?

Interestingly, I used to ask myself this question. Now for my answer is most obvious.

I feel a great need to create something into existence.

It is a dependence that develops and brings me much joy in creating art.

Even if my work is understandable to the most narrow circle of human beings in general,

I will not stop the use of the imagination and my original ideas in the production of an artistic work.


Your family and friends are in no way connected with art, as you are to did they come to this? How do they now relate to what you are doing?

I think I was born with the need to create. Since childhood I’ve loved the phenomena of the physical world collectively,

including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features of this world.

Nature and animals remained alone with itself and with its world. Routine and monotony always depressed me.

At the age of 26, I have decided to seriously tackle creativity.

At age 27 I entered the Art and Graphic Department in State University studying painting and graphic design.

The first years of my life were very much supported by my mother. When I wrote with watercolor, she brought me flowers,

beautiful glass, and ceramic vessels. Such moments are very valuable and will always be remembered forever.

Memories like these cause a a feeling of joy to the quality of being thankful.

 My Dad was always proud of me. My  Brother supports and believes in me, and for my sister, she believes that there is nothing more beautiful than my paintings.

Of course, my husband Viktor Weyss played a big role. We met for the first time during my senior year in college.

At that time he had been an accomplished artist, with great experience not only in painting, but also

in graphics, sculpting, and temple painting. After graduation, he became my mentor and like-minded person.

My daughter Margarita was a perfect example.

They all, in fact, were all involved and play a major role in my artwork.


Which artist can you call your teachers?

In fact, for me, all artists are teachers. Starting with artists that made cave rock art and ending with the living now.

Of course, these are poets, writers, composers and directors.

You can also learn a lot from children.


What do you do besides creative work?

I teach fine arts to children at an art school.

Since I am a family woman, I cook. But from this, I come up with many creative ideas.

I try the recipes of different cuisines of the world. I also come up with my own.

But of course, when you cook bread and mix it, several times you knead it and

bake, it’s akin to the creative process. When you take the bread out of oven,

it smells and crackles in your hands. That’s the real happiness.


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