Q&A with June Sira

" Tell A Story."

A Girl With Flowers On Her Shirt - Tempera on canvas 120 x 87 cm
Born in: 1965; Norway
Lives in: Oslo, Norway
Education: Master of Fine Art at the Chelsea School Of Art, London 1999/2000; Oslo National Academy Of The Art 1985-1992
Media: Painting
Describe your work in 3 words: Figurative, expressive, poetic
See More Work: https://www.saatchiart.com/junesira
Dreads - Tempera on canvas 90 x 70 cm
CFA: What themes does your work deal with? 
J.S.:  My work deals with people and moments.
CFA: Describe your creative process.
J.S.: When I start working on a painting I never plan to make a series. But I often end up painting the same image several times to see how it can tell a different story. I prime my canvas with an old recipe of which 1 part is pigment so I have different colors of primer to paint on. The primer is specially made for tempera. I often save out spaces so the primer is part of the painting.

I draw with charcoal and sometimes I leave the drawing in the painting if I think the expression is already there.
CFA: What influences your art? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
J.S.:  Life and everyday reflections is what inspires me to make art. Making art is a part of my self.
CFA: What is art? What makes a piece of art great?
J.S.:  Art is something that moves you or makes you reflect. Perhaps without words, like music - the feeling is what makes a great piece of art for me.
CFA: What is the role of the artist today? 
J.S.:  I have always made drawings. Ever since I was a young child. It was just unnatural for me to do anything else even though my parents thought artists was not a profession. The role of an artist is to be true to yourself.

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