Mira DeMartino

Born in: 1964

Lives in: Gdansk, Poland

Media: Sculpture, Mixed media

Describe your work in 3 words: Empowerment, Growth, Self-discovery

See More Work: www.mirademartino.com

RECEIVER - AlumixArt™ Mixed media 71 x 20 x 17 in.

"I believe in self-empowerment. I believe that what we see around us influences our mental attitude. I create sculptures as a tool for self-empowerment, and I call them "Artfirmations". I believe that seeing the Artfirmation sculpture daily is like a repeated visual affirmation statement."

What themes does your work involve?
I explore the area of modern spirituality and the powers of self-empowerment.
Describe your creative process.
I create mostly commissioned work. I usually talk with a client about the story she/he wants to capture in this personal sculpture. Sometimes it's a story from the past to remember, sometimes it's a current feeling they want to remember and sometimes it's an aspirational vision of who they want to become. I never sketch. I need to focus on an energy I received from the client during our conversation, and the sculpture just appears the way it wants to come out.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I make art to empower others. I literally treat my sculptures as tools for empowerment. I call them ARTfirmations and they work in art, like affirmations in words. I believe in energy content of the piece of art, and the type of energy you put in the object, influences the energy of the viewer. Each of my sculptures has a message, a reminder, an inspiration. My main inspirations are my clients, and my own spiritual journey.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
To me a good art is art which makes a difference in me. On different levels and depths.
What is the role of the artist today?
I feel my role as an artist is to inspire for personal growth, to serve as an inspiration, to evoke inner questions and lead the viewer to uncomfortable spaces "outside the box", where the growth awaits.

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