Johanna Olk | Artist Network Program

JOHANNA IS A FRENCH ARTIST BASED IN GUÉTHARY (FRANCE). STUDYING INDUSTRIAL DESIGN JOHANNA OLK HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ATTRACTED TO OBJECTS AND COMPOSITION WITH A TIMELESS BEAUTY. RESTRICTED TO WHAT IS ESSENTIAL. SHE ENJOYS WHAT IS SIMPLE AND ABLE TO CREATE AN EMOTION. HER WORK AS A DESIGNER THEN AS AN ARTIST IS ALL ABOUT THIS. JOHANNA ENJOYS REPRESENTING THE STRENGH AND THE EMOTION LIVING IN THE ORDINARY. SHE PAINTS GRAPHIC IMAGES PLAYING WITH SIMPLICITY AND THE EVERYDAY LIFE’S MELANCHOLY.


SOME FACTS ABOUT JOHANNA


WHERE DO YOU COME FROM ? "GREW UP IN BRITTANY CLOSE TO THE SURFSPOT „LA TORCHE“ - SURFING WITH FRIENDS, DRAWING AND MAKING SHIRTS.“


ROLE OF INSTAGRAM “THROUGH INSTAGRAM PEOPLE KNOW THAT ME AND MY ART EXIST – BUT I ALSO BELIEVE IN RANDOM MEETINGS – BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME” ON THE OTHER SIDE PEOPLE FOLLOW YOUR ACCOUNT ON INSTAGRAM AND THEY FOLLOW YOU BECAUSE THEY LIKE THE CONSISTENCY OF YOUR POST – THE SAME STYLE, COLOURS AND ART YOU ARE DOING – THAT’S WHAT THEY LIKE AND HOW THEY RECOGNIZE YOU SO THERE IS NOT A LOT OF ROOM FOR EXPERIMENTING AND DEVELOPING”


INNER CONFLICT CONCERNING YOUR ART “I WAS DRAWING A LOT OF WOMEN JUST IN BLACK WITH WHITE LINES – PEOPLE LIKED IT AND RECOGNIZED IT. FOR ME IT WAS GREAT BUT I ALSO WANTED TO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO EXPRESS MYSELF – THAT’S WHY I STARTED EXPERIMENTING A LOT WITH COLOURS, DIFFERENT BRUSHES AND TECHNIQUES.”


NEXT PROJECTS "CURRENTLY WORKING ON A NEW PAINTING SERIES – WHICH WILL BE FOR THE NEXT EXHIBITION SPENDING THE SUMMER AT HOME PAINTING, TATTOOING, SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS AND GO SURFING"


WHAT INSPIRES YOU "STRONG AND INDEPENDENT WOMEN - FIRST OF ALL HER GRANDMOTHER – SHE WORKED AS AN EMBROIDERER AND INTRODUCED JOHANNA TO FASHION AND ART. LAST SUMMER WHEN SHE CAME BACK TO BRITTANY FOR TWO MONTH SHE REALIZED HOW MUCH SHE WAS INSPIRED BY HER FAMILY HERITAGE AND THE LOCAL TRADITION."


JOHANNA, FINISH THE SENTENCE

I WAS …"OBSESSED WITH THE CULTURAL IMAGE WHERE I GREW UP"

I AM …"DREAMING TOO MUCH"

I ALWAYS WANTED TO …"BE EXACTLY WHO I AM TODAY – I COULDN’T BE MORE HAPPY"







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