My name is Andrea Ehret, I was born in Slovakia in 1978, a small but beautiful country with strong traditions and magical fairytales. Currently living and working in Prague, Czech Republic. I believe art heals and helps us to stay authentic. Circle is my favorite symbol and the round canvas just gives me different options of composition. The circle, Mother Earth, Universe, beginning and the end. The essence of life, woman, unity, intuition and Spirit. Deus est Circulus.
PIECE WITH ARTIST
FEB 02, 2021. PRAGUE. CZECH REPUBLIC.
Tell us your story, how did you come to painting?
I hope when one looks at my paintings they don't see circles, compositions, colors, they see life, their story, something that will stay with them for a while.
I used to paint since I remember, as a small child I spent hours observing the colors and reflections, drawing, playing with colors.
SInce I remember I wanted to be an artist and I thought like one, becoming a mother not only made me a better person but better artist too. I just embraced different parts of me, made more contemplative works. I am truly thankful for that.
How would you define your current painting?
My works are abstract expressive oil and mixed media paintings. Passionate yet dreamy paintings with beautiful light I attempt to create connection to the other worlds.
My approach is strongly connected to my vision of life, I choose art as a tool for possible self-transformation. I invite my viewers for the spiritual voyage, there is this longing for a dream-like experience, where everything is possible and perfect harmony exists. Maybe it is this world and maybe some other.
Tell us about your style and technique. Any secret that can be told?
It is like a glimpse of a dream, a reflection. I often use impasto layers, play with structures and layers. While using liquid mixed media techniques combined with organic or metallic powders. Structures are layered in their own rhythm, thick brush strokes and layers enhanced with transparent gold creating the Light.
How do you usually start your paintings? With a sketch, a draft or is it just an improvisation?
Usually I carry the idea of painting with me for a while. Sometimes it starts with few color sketches but usually I start with liquid layers, drafts with pencils, it takes some time before I start to work, the ideas and visions have to mature first. Other times I have a strong impulse to express the emotion or a vision and it is very spontaneous.
What are your motivation forces? And the artists who have been and are an influence for you? My painting is strongly inspired by Eastern philosophy and can be viewed as an expression of inner meditation, a reflection of my own inner world, embracing my own Light and Shadow via balancing tones, flow like brush strokes, a feeling of harmony and powerful energy. I love Zao Wou Ki and Chinese Ink calligraphy, also contemporary ink artists.
What can you tell us about your studio, what kind of place is it?
It is my messy sanctuary, place where I feel free and myself.
I love to be alone and create in my studio, sometimes I paint with my son but I guess I do not feel very comfortable to invite visitors. I often listen to music and podcasts while I work. I think carefully about what kind of energy I call inside my studio.
What is art for you?
Art is part of my life. I live art. I love art. I feel inspired by other artists, I teach my students how to approach creativity and painting, I guide my clients during art therapy workshops, paint with my son.
I dream about my paintings and then I paint them.