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name: Aria
surname: –
year of birth: 1990
country: USA


+ The Woods on His Back +
by ShePaintsWithBlood


Q1: When did you start making art?
I have been creating for as long as I can remember. When it became ‘art’ is still a mystery.

Q2: What does inspire you?
I suppose my most immense inspiration is nature and all of its oddities, mysteries and magicks. I have such a line of inspirations however that it would take far too long to name. My dreams have always been another heavy source and a kind of nostalgia I get at random which influences many of the environments in my paintings. The odd part about that however is that I have no idea where the nostalgia originates.

Q3: What are your techniques?
I work mainly in watercolour on canvas. A lot of my technique involves working with my medium and not overpowering it. I often think that my watercolour knows better what to do in the beginning than I do and so I have to find a balance in letting it set my pieces up for me before I delve into manipulating it.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
My art is nothing more than stylized realism of another place. I am just trying to capture the things that go on in the otherworlds or in the spaces tucked away within this one like lint in pockets.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
My art does not tend to have a main colour. However, I am known to use a minimal pallet for my works. Each piece may contain only two to four colours. I tend to go through colour phases as well. One set of months to a year I may paint largely in a viridian pallet and the next phase may be soaked in prussian blues. My current phase is my most personal pallet of ochre and violet.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
There is a lot that I would like to improve. I cannot begin to name it all off. I am never that happy with a finished piece. A good deal of what I am currently hoping to work on is growing in my stylized anatomy. Before you can stylize something, you need to know its reality and that is where I hope to further grow.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I have quite a few. Between gallery shows and conventions I am hoping to eventually find time to release an art book as well as finish some of my novels.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of ShePaintsWithBlood.
Soul, Surrealism, Haunting

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I am afraid it would be impossible for me to find my first piece of art as I have been doing it since I could grasp a crayon. But I can say that one of the earliest pieces I remember doing was a canvas piece in which I splattered shades of teal and magenta (not such a lovely combo I am afraid) over the entire thing. I guess my technique was largely finger painted without much substance. However, among the abstract mass, a gentleman friend of the family once said that it looked like I had painted the face of death.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I would say that over the years my art has gained more substance in form more than anything. I have largely upped my contrast and expanded my environments. I work to create a flow in my pieces. I try to grow my monsters out of the environment itself rather than just setting them in it.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I am sure it sounds silly but art really is my life. Like many artists, no matter how much of it I do, I never get my fill. Art is not an escape from reality for me because it is my reality.

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