Artist of the Month: Patrice Ganda

Tell us an interesting story that occurred during art-making.

I had created a new piece, which I was truly excited to screenprint. On the way to the studio, I accidentally cut the mesh of one of the screens, and therefore was unable to print. Once the screen was fixed, I started printing the first colour, and the wooden handle of the squeegee broke and cut through the mesh. It took 3 screens to finally print and finish this artwork. It shows that sometimes things are not meant to be, or might take longer than expected to accomplish.

Share an experience that helped to shape your perspective as an artist.

I don’t think that there is one experience in particular that shaped my perspective as an artist. I would say that every single day, something catches my eye and eventually impacts my artwork. I love observing and capturing situations or specific locations, and translate them onto my art.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I love to combine the old and the new, putting each of these in contrast. I usually print in only 2 colours, with black being used for the “old” and the second colour is used for the “new”. I also grew up in the skateboarding culture since my teenage years, greatly influencing wanting to use screen printing as the chosen medium to express my work.

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How do you keep up with what’s happening in the art community today?

I usually try to attend several art shows during the year and take the opportunity to meet other artists from around the globe. I also use Instagram as way to explore and discover new artists.

Words of wisdom, or a favourite quote you live by?

I have one word of wisdom that I use all the time- “enjoy”. That word encompasses everything from contentment to taking each day with a positive mindset and not take things for granted. It’s a personal reminder to have fun in everything that I learn and do in life.

What are you currently reading, watching, listening to or looking at that inspires and fuels your love for art?

I must say that music plays a key role when I am creating new artwork. At the moment, I am listening a lot to M83, Interstellar soundtrack (Hans Zimmer) as well as Twenty One Pilots. Traveling around the world also plays a key role in my art as I get to see and experience different cultures.

What are you trying to communicate with your art?

My artwork is simply trying to give whoever views it, the opportunity to interpret the art based on their own perception. There is always a duality in my artwork. It always has a dark and a bright side. Both go hand in hand, but it’s our decision to view one or the other, but also choose the abide in between them.

What’s the best advice you can give on how to be more creative?

My only advice for creativity is to just let it happen. There is no point of forcing and setting a time for it. When it is meant to come, it will lead you to where you need to be. The feeling is great when this happens.

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What is your dream project?

One of the things I love most is doing collaborations. Therefore, one of my dream projects is to be able to do more of these collaborations with clothing companies, skateboard companies and share my creative world with everyone. I also would love to do murals in the future to let my artwork be out in the open, free for everyone to see.

What is coming up next in your artistic journey?

At this point, I am focusing on my current new prints that usually come out each month, but I am also looking at different techniques and mediums I could use to create new artworks.

 

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