Marika: I love Bang energy drinks. That and I listen to some early 2000’s Gucci Mane, or Three Six Mafia to get me in the zone. I also make sure to count my blessings on the subway ride over to the studio.
Who is one of your newest found sources of inspiration?
Marika: Francis Picabia. Especially his Machine era works. The Futurist movement in art back in the 1920-30s was a response to the technological developments at the time. In that case specifically the Industrial revolution. Artists were thinking about how these new machines and changes would impact art and the human psyche. I think we are currently going through something similar now. Which is why I picked the machine as a subject. The exercise machine specifically, because it addresses the idea of repetition and exertion of restless energy. But translates them into a quantifiable value- in other words, a specific number.
I think we are currently going through something similar now. Which is why I picked the machine as a subject. The exercise machine specifically, because it addresses the idea of repetition and exertion of restless energy.
How do you conquer a creative block?
Marika: Working out or going to a museum - something that stimulates thinking. Trying something I usually wouldn’t but have secretly always wanted to try. Collage is a great way to get your mind thinking differently about composition, texture, layering, etc.
Pick your top 5 and list in priority.
Laughter - what keeps me happy and sane Exercise - same as above, plus I'm probably addicted to the endorphins Good company - I love going out with friends and just going out together or doing silly stuff. Makes me forget about myself Sleep - something I love but rarely get cause my brain is always going. Makes it all the better when I do though.
Which do you believe to be true: Art imitates life, or life imitates art?
Marika: It’s like chicken and egg, it’s hard to say which one comes first. Both are caught in a constant cycle of influencing one another. Recently I have been inspired by everyday objects that are rather mundane, but reference a specific subculture. Like machines in the gym.
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