Awards March 2020

Artist of the month – March 2020

First I would like to introduce myself, my name is Janini Gertz, I am 29 years old and I am Brazilian, I live in the south of the country, a small town called Ubiretama.  I am very happy and flattered by this interview, it is a lovely surprise to be recognized in some way for something that is so new and recent to me, the world of colors, paints and brush!  Thank you wholeheartedly for this moment!
When did art/design/photography become part of your life? / How long have you been making art?
Since I was little I have always been passionate about landscapes, nature, animals ... my father painted pictures of landscapes and this has always inspired me a lot, but I knew I didn't have his talent for more realistic and minutely perfect paintings, so until then I never had  courage to take a brush in hand.  Whenever I photograph and photograph landscapes, flowers that have been my passion since I was 17 or so. I was also a model for a while, so it helped me understand photography more.  I confess that I feel more comfortable and enjoy being with the cameras.
Do you have a particular artist whose work you admire of?
I admire many artists, the range is large, but one in particular won my heart since the first time I saw his works, more precisely 10 years ago.  Gregory Colbert is a photographer and has produced, what is for me, one of the most incredible and perfect works of art, in the Ashes and Snow project, which practically summarizes how I see and feel the connection of man with Nature and animals.
Do you work from life, from photographs or from imagination?
I prefer to use the word Nourish.  I nourish myself with both photography and imagination, since art is nothing more than a mixture of reality and imagination that are our feelings and truths.  So I always try to be connected with what I believe to nourish my heart and soul.
What technique (applicable for art/design/photography) do you use?
I don't use any technique, I just let my feelings and sensations flow, or rather, my intuition.  I try a little of everything, various types of paints, brushes, hands, wall, paper, canvas ... where my freedom of expression allows ... there are no rules!
What is the role of the designer/artist in society?
Believing that we all have an important role in society, each being is essential in the life of life, from a cell to the most distant planet, our mission here on this planet is to find the path in which we feel useful and happy.  In general, we are all artists, because art is everywhere, everything is art.  Nature is art, the human body, a city is art, movement, everything is art, because everything was thought, felt, elaborated, created and the whole creation and form of expression is art.
How do you feel when people interpret your design/artwork differently?
To tell the truth, any reaction from people makes me happy.  I'll explain how it all started ... Last year, I had some wall paints left over and I started painting the walls in my room, meaningless crazy drawings, and I realized that I could expand more on other surfaces, because the wall is very limited,  there is only one sense to paint and only one result, so I decided to test it on paper and canvas.  I was surprised by the creations and decided to exhibit to see what was going to happen, so I started posting on my personal Instagram page and people's reaction was increasingly positive, I got excited and then I created the exclusive page only with the paintings.  I am happy with each like, comment, with each reaction an explosion of joy!
How do you feel after you finished or while you are designing/painting?
I feel in another dimension.  The inspiration to create comes in an unusual way when I feel a very strong emotion and an unexplained joy, or when I remember a very incredible experience or someone ... the desire to materialize that feeling is very strong, so everything starts ...  A plunge into me and out of this reality, a plunge into the good feelings that flood me and the happiness of putting them out in some way.
What you draw/paint/design, is it part of your personality?
For sure.  Because what we create actually reflects what we are.  But you know, the funniest thing is that I can't label myself as an artist.  I am an amateur who discovered a hobby beyond photography, just someone who found a form of therapy and meditation that ended up being a materialized and concrete form of expression and I intend to invest more of my time and energy in it.
Who or what inspires you?
This is a very complex issue, but I will try to summarize it in the best possible way.  My greatest inspiration since always is Nature, which I consider the greatest and grandest work of art on the planet, in the Universe.  Life itself is pure inspiration.  The perfect synchronicity and magic, the energy that makes everything on Earth work, the harmony, the melody, symphony, pulsation, vibration, fluidity, that makes everything exist is something surprisingly extraordinary and that has no explanation as perfect as it is, the beauties  earth, animals, plants, flowers, sky, stars, moon, constellations, everything that pulsates, that is alive inspires me.  This Love for all that is natural is what nourishes me!
What advice do you have for aspiring artists/designers?
What I can say and what I take as advice for myself is: Don't be afraid, afraid to express your feelings.  Have the courage to expose your truth, whether with materialized art, like painting, photography, poetry ... or with a conversation, a simple exchange of gestures, a kindness, a favor, a message, a smile ... whatever,  but do it.  Each human being is unique and has unique gifts and emotions.  In my view, everyone, without exception, should practice and externalize their truths, because everything we keep to ourselves ends up adding up to consequences for our mental and physical health.  Leave shame aside and open yourself to the world, the world needs you, needs your art, your gift and your love, the world needs and wants to know you to open all the doors for you to welcome you.

Instagram: @niniabstract