With only a matter of weeks to go before the launch of 'Violet' - our exclusive limited edition print by Maria Rivans - the Eye Like team thought it would be a fantastic idea to have an 'art-to-art' with Maria. After knocking our heads together, we came up with nine questions that we've always wanted to ask the inspiring artist. As always, we put a bit of an Eye Like spin on things, and we can (hopefully) say that this is no boring Q&A... Enjoy!
Hand-finished versions of Violet will each feature a hand-finished planet - are planets significant to you?
I was fascinated by the universe as a child, have always loved sci-fi and the space race during the 60's.
If you had to change profession, what would you be and why?
Astronaut. I think it would be amazing to view our planet from afar and I'd love to be launched into space 🚀!
Have you ever been tempted to create a ‘pin-up’ of yourself?
Absolutely not, I couldn't think of anything worse hanging on a wall.
We know that your artwork is partly influenced by Hitchcock films… So if you were given the opportunity to star in one of his movies, which would it be and why?
So many brilliant Hitchcocks to choose from! Well I guess it would have to be Rear Window, I could be one of the tenants in the apartment block. The colours in that film are amazing, I love the film set, Grace Kelly and the pace and build up of tension is brilliant, everything about it is fantastic.
Where do you source your vintage ephemera from, and how do you organise these?
I find my materials mainly at boot markets and charity shops. People also kindly donate things to me which is rather lovely. My studio is very organised, it has to be as it is very time consuming looking through hundreds of images in order to find just the right image. Everything is filed into categories, animals and then sub categories of birds, insects, mammals etc...
Have you ever badly cut yourself whilst using the scalpel?
Funnily enough I have never cut myself thank goodness, you'd think after 15 years of collaging I would have done! Fortunately I have a very steady hand.
When you start your pin-ups, do you have an idea of how they’ll look at the end of the process?
I usually begin with a theme and have a rough idea in my head of what I'd like to achieve. As the collage builds it tends to grow and develop in a different direction to the initial idea. I come across images which begin to guide the composition. I sometimes work in a meditative way, very much using instinct and letting go. Just playing really.
Your pin-up series each feature and begin with a movie star who made an impression on you as a child. However, do you have a favourite star?
That's as difficult to answer as the Hitchcock question. I suppose it would have to be Bette Davis because she plays the role of an artist in her film A Stolen Life and that's when I made a firm decision of wanting to be an artist too.
Have you loved any of your originals so much that you’ve kept them for yourself?
Actually I don't own one original. I have wanted to keep a few as I'd made them but I can't keep up with demand so I always let them go. I wish I had kept Sugar Queen, it's such a great portrait of Sophia Loren and it was the first time I had used the bees.
'Violet' will be released solely through Eye Like Gallery on May 25th!
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