Anthea Kerou

Born in: 1978, New Jersey, USA
Lives in: Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Describe your art in three words: Feminine, etheric, passionate
Education: New York University, Center for Advanced Digital Applications, NY, NY March 2003 Masters of Science Digital Imaging and Design, | Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ March 2001 BA Fine Arts
See More Work: antheakerou.com

Anthea Kerou (b. 1978 NJ, USA) is an American artist with Greek and English roots, who embodies the spirit of evolution and experimentation in the vivid and eclectic realms of art and technology. Her artistic journey began with a deep passion for Fine Arts, evolving into a remarkable 20-year career in 3D character animation.

What themes does your work involve?
As an artist, my goal is to explore a wide range of themes and ideas through my work. From abstract acrylic paintings to collages and resin art, I am constantly experimenting with different mediums and techniques to find new ways of expressing myself. One of my main interests is in using art as a way to transform and transcend difficult emotions like grief and loneliness I have felt in my life.I believe that art has the power to bring beauty and healing, and I strive to create work that resonates with viewers on a deep emotional level. In my art, I am drawn to themes of purity and healing, the sacred and the forgotten, and the wild expansion of the imagination. I am fascinated by the idea of capturing fleeting moments and harnessing them in my work.
Describe your creative process.
As an artist, my goal is to explore a wide range of themes and ideas through my work. From abstract acrylic paintings to collage, augmented reality, and resin art, I am constantly experimenting with different mediums and techniques to find new ways of expressing myself. One of my main interests is in using art as a way to transform and transcend difficult emotions like grief and loneliness I have felt in my life.I believe that art has the power to bring beauty and healing, and I strive to create work that resonates with viewers on a deep emotional level. I would use my residency to create a collaboration of nature and technology, with an augmented reality + fine art, 3D interactive art installation experience. This would be a combination of abstract nature inspired art, and 3D animation.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
It’s my vision that by taking one small step towards happiness in our own lives we invite the world to become a better place. Essentially it’s our life’s purpose to be happy and share that with others. I am a guide for others to experience their creative wellness from the inside out. I enjoy relaxing meditations through connecting with nature, learning to love myself by tuning into your natural states of joy, gratitude and abundance, and enjoy life by consuming plant based natural, whole, delicious foods.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me what makes a good piece of artwork is an indefinable nature of having their own unique essence and emotion imprinted on the artwork. So when the viewer experiences the art, they are in some way transformed, hopefully improved, enlightened, and enhanced their experience of life. I prefer to bring beauty to the world. I believe there is a way to have creative expression, transmuting fears and traumas through beauty.
What is the role of the artist today?
Today's role of artist for me is part healer, part lover, part wayshower. To guide and show others the light within themselves, and to encourage them to take steps on theri self healing journey.

 


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist