Today we chat with Daisy, Interior designer with a flare for painting!
Who is Daisy and what do you do?
I am an Interior designer who creates art for my own pure enjoyment; it’s a labour of love. I started painting in High School where I was taught the traditional fundamentals; this followed a natural progression to design work in my university years. Roughly four years ago I began experimenting with urban work where members from both DS and now OWNS crew were kind enough to let me tag along and teach me about the complexities that this urban art form entails.
How would you define your style or art?
My body of work consist mainly of portraits; I’m constantly exploring the nuances of the human face. Beyond that I am always experimenting with new styles and methods of creating artworks; however my works are very feminine in nature.
What inspires your work?
I draw my inspiration from all around me: from life, art, fellow artists, and most importantly the urban environment in which we live. As an individual who works in the built environment I am fascinated how structures are erected to fill a function, as well as attempting to create a dialogue with the current context while still being aesthetically pleasing. Urban art does the same thing: Its role is equally as legitimate as art made in the studio. Possibly even more. Works of art are littered throughout the built environment, which in turn becomes far more accessible to the public. Whatever the statement, or lack thereof, urban art engages with individuals on a platform that most others cannot; as an art form which the elite no longer have possession over.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently participating in a street culture exhibition with a group of South Africa’s contemporary urban artists who will be exhibiting an array of mixed media artworks. AKA exhibition will include artists from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town all with their own unique styles, ideas and motivation.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Dedication, passion and plenty of practice. As said perfectly by author Ray Bradbury “I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don’t love something, then don’t do it.”
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