Deborah Perlman

Born in: 1950, USA
Lives in: Hollywood, FL, USA
Media: Mixed media, Sculpture
Describe your art in three words: Sculptural, compelling, unusual
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Altar #1 - Paper, Framed: 15.5 x14 x 2 in.


"Depicting an ‘almost-but-not-quite-real’ world somewhere between authentic and imagined, my artwork slides in and out of reality. I invite you to glimpse into my interpreted world and discover where you find yourself."

Somewhere Between - Mixed Media, Framed: 18 x 24 x 3 in.
Within - Mixed Media, Framed: 14.25 x 12.25 x 1.5 in.
Secret Woods - Paper, Framed: 22.5 x 23.5 x 2 in.
What themes does your work involve?
I have been inspired by various themes, depending on what is in my mind and heart at the time. Recently, I have completed works focused on the themes of climate change, spiritual seeking, and emotional restriction vs freedom of spirit. All of the work explores space as a sculptural element. I invite viewers into the unknown and encourage them to challenge previous ideas and established thoughts.
Describe your creative process.
Surrounded by photos, colors, and materials, I start sketching spaces. From there, more detailed drawings show me how I will build the wall-mounted sculpture. I then create the three-dimensional forms, and adhere each element to the base, juxtaposing forms and shapes to highlight their points of contact and the shadows they cast.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Making art frees my spirit and allows me to fully express my inner self. There is no greater gift. My work explores ‘almost-but-not-quite-real’ spaces that land somewhere between real and imagined. I see sculpturally. When I see forms that have an exciting spatial dynamic, I am inspired and excited to visualize it in some way. The subject matter can change, but the pursuit of mysterious, intriguing sculptural space drives me to explore and create.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
For me, great art must be provocative and engaging. It makes me stop, think, and consider my relationship with it. I agree with Artist Edward Fraughton who said, “Art is real and imaginary, two worlds rolled into one – the fulfillment of the artist’s insatiable soul.”
What is the role of the artist today?
An artist is a storyteller, creating a world inspired by emotions, experiences, and beliefs. Through the story, people come to their own conclusions and feel their personal connection to the work.


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

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Gaya Lastovjak

Born in: 1987, Mażikiai, Lithuania
Lives in: Cracow, Poland
Media: Mixed media, 3D painting
Describe your art in three words: Human, emotions, symbolism
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Contemporary figurative artist creating three-dimensional paintings with her own technique using paper-mache, canvas and oil paint. Her works reveal a sculptural vision of form, they surprise with their diversity in terms of structure and message, focusing on showing the aspect of human existence.

What themes does your work involve?
I am fascinated by everything related to life and human existence in the world of moral choices and life roles, as well as the place where we are. One of the main features of my works is the expression of emotions. Using art I try to raise important issues related to nature and human duality, choosing topics that deal with both the good and bad sides of human nature. My art is an expression of personal experiences and observations, but it does not exist apart from reality.
Describe your creative process.
My paintings are created in stages, first an idea, then reflecting the forms, creating positives, arranging them together, putting them on the canvas and finally covering everything with paint. Each stage requires total dedication and attention. Once I attach the silhouette to the canvas, I hang it in a place with best visibility so that I could keep looking at it. If I find no objections to the form, I paint it and consider it finished.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Existential mechanisms and emotions, such as struggle, strength, fear, but also freedom, love and eroticism as they dynamically enter into dialogue with history, society and human individuality. This is what inspires me - being human. Why do I make art? Because art is a part of me, I can't imagine doing anything else. I have been creating since I remember, the type of creation changes, but not the love of art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
The language of art is universal, it's the language of emotions and senses. The sensations that accompany the feelings awaken a desire to enter into an internal dialogue with the work of art in every sensitive recipient. Attempts to answer questions, creating multifaceted meanings. Here is no general recipe for good art because the concept itself is subjective. Everyone has a different taste. However, the commitment and authenticity of the artist is very important, as is the idea and talent.
What is the role of the artist today?
Nowadays, the role of the artist is very diverse, but it is certainly connected with contact, or more precisely, establishing a bond with the viewer, making him interested, stopping his time motivating him to enter into a dialogue with art.


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Daman Gill-Tur

Monday blues

"My art tells my visual story, as my distorted eye perceives the world in fragments with much haze and blurriness.. The layers, the hazy colors, the blur, the lines, the spots all depict my own visual story expressed digitally."


Daman Gill-Tur is a California based self-taught visual artist. She creates abstract paintings using digital medium. After graduating from New York University- College of dentistry, she practiced as a DDS for 10+ years till recent changes with her eye put a pause on that. After losing visual acuity in one eye, she turned to her art and started spanning out pieces which would otherwise have not been created if not for her distorted vision. Her art is a positive spin on her battle with disability.


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Nevena Ivanović Guagliumi

Born in: Serbia, 1989
Lives in: Carpi,Italy
Media: Painting, Watercolor, Mixed media, Drawing
Describe your art in three words: Who we are
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La mentira - Combined technique on paper 24 x 30 cm

"My work is an analytical study on emotional intelligence and it's a constant work on the raising awareness on that, the most important sphere in the evolution of the personality, but the one so little has been researched about. Yet, it's in our genetic code."

Can't remember - Combined technique on paper 24 x 30 cm
Enjoy the silence - Combined technique on paper 24 x 30 cm
If I could be who you wanted - Combined technique on paper 24 x 30 cm
What themes does your work involve?
My work is based on a spiritual, or rather emotional impression, shown through a portrait as the architecture of reality. As a member of a generation that was growing up in three different states on the same territory, transition is inevitably incorporated in the contexture of my motives. I accomplish functional communication through the fusion of educational and empirical, indicating the dissociation of formal intelligence on the one hand, and emotional and social intelligence on the other.
Describe your creative process.
It starts with a sentence, really. Whether I tell it out loud, or it occurred in my self-talk, in my dream, memory, there is always a sentence that starts the whole mental process behind every piece of my work. (And that sentence usually ends up being a title of the work it started) I start organizing in series, but not always I respect the initial concept, due to the universality of the subjects and their actuality in given context.  
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
As the starting point of all my works, stands the introspection. Since I have always been curious about our reactions on certain actions around/inside of us, I guess the necessity for a communication grew over the inspiration in my case.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is the one that communicates on deep levels of (sub)conscious. The art that makes us move, act upon ourselves, the world. That encourages us to understand the different points of view, and process them in a constructive way. Good art is a good teacher.
What is the role of the artist today?
Artists should represent the worlds to those who cannot see. Whether it's a writer, a movie director, a musician or a painter, artist should open our minds toward the field they explore, they should engage us, because only when that communication, between the art and it's consumer, is established, can we talk about artwork.


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Marvel Maring

Born in: USA, 1962
Lives in: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Media: Mixed media
Describe your art in three words: 1. Acceptance 2. Healing 3. Integration
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Bardo #10 - Mixed media collage, 9.5" x 22"

"These collages demand that I trust the process–a very tangible act of embracing my so-called “mistakes” and transforming them into something fresh. Philip Guston said, “What joy it is for paint to become a thing--a being. Believe in this miracle-it is your only hope.” I believe in this miracle."

Bardo #21 - Mixed media collage, 22" x 30"