Exclusive Interview with Iryna Enso -Painter
Paris-based interdisciplinary artist Iryna Enso creates works of mixed media that usually reflect her stories or poems.
A graduate of Stockholm University, Iryna pursued an earlier career in law. Yet, art had always been present in her life and upon moving to Alpes six years ago she decided to follow her love of art.
She is an oil, acrylic, watercolor painter, as well as working with pastels and Chinese ink.
Iryna’s first exhibition Les voyages d’une âme (the Travels of a soul) was in March 2016 in Annecy, France.
Iryna had also been involved in illustrating and co-authoring Tales of the Inner Child, a book published in December 2018.
NY Glam: Tell us a little about yourself and your career beginnings.
Well, my career did not really start in art, it started in law. Only after I gave birth to my first child, I could not help, but pursue my absolute love for art. Nearly simultaneously I started painting and writing.
NY Glam: What projects are you currently working on?
I am working on a few projects right now. One of them is a new book, which I both illustrate and write. I also continue to collaborate with Aleksa Shim. We are currently looking into producing a second book together.
NY Glam: What art do you most identify with?
To tell the truth most of art resonates with me. For me it is not so much about the form of art, but about the message it sends and its purity
NY Glam: What themes do you pursue?
Right now, I mostly work with the theme of the Universe and a place of a human being in it, everyday life experiences.
NY Glam: What’s your favorite art work?
It changes from time to time, but currently I am in love with the works of Jackie Morris, a scottish painter and book illustrator and author. She has an absolutely amazing touch, when painting nature. And the colours that she uses are stunning.
NY Glam: Tells us about some of your recent exhibitions. What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Probably the most rewarding was to hear ‘…there are a lot of people who’d want to say things, but you, you know how to say them.’
NY Glam: Tell us about one of your projects which you are very proud of.
The project I am most proud of is illustrating, co-authoring and self-publishing Tales of the Inner Child. One cannot even imagine the amount of work it represents to publish a book, let alone doing it yourself. It was an amazing A to Z accomplishment and experience.
NY Glam: What does “being creative” mean to you?
To me it is mostly about letting the art flow, blossom and glow.
NY Glam: What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I am trying to share different experiences by means of words and colors. In my case I feel how they interact and how complementary they can be, providing a complete comprehension of a state of mind, an emotion or a life experience.
NY Glam: What role does the Artist have in Society?
They guide or accompany people in their personal and sometimes collective evolution.
NY Glam: What are your thoughts on being an artist in today’s world?
It probably has not changed much over the decades, nor did it over the centuries. It takes a leap of faith to go and try. Just as it takes some humbleness – there’s always something new to experience.
NY Glam: How has painting influenced your life?
I suppose that once I started I could no longer go back to my previous life.
NY Glam: What art movement or artist would you say influences your work most?
I love the colors and themes by Nicholas Roerich. In fact I learnt about him after people started comparing my painting with his.
NY Glam: What can we expect from you this year?
We are now finalising the e-book of Tales of the Inner Child. We aim to release it on Amazon in October 2019.
NY Glam: Can you share with us three favorite things about your city/culture?
Oh! It’s not easy to name just three, but I’ll try. I’d say architecture, food and definitely art-supply shops. There’s one in particular that I absolutely love – it’s Sennelier. Each time I go inside it feels like the cave of Alibaba.