It is a rare delight to be able to interview someone whose artwork is so emotionally powerful that it leaves the viewer stunned and looking for more.This is the case with our next artist interview with Nathalia Suellen.
Now before we begin with the interview I’d like to set the mood for our readers. Nathalia has some incredible pieces. Her work may be found both commercially and privately. I ask that our reader’s either turn up their speakers or put on headphones and start the below video as you read and preview the rest of the work.
For those who are not familiar with you or your work, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I’m self-taught dark surrealist artist, 24 years old, Brazilian with a big necessity of expressing myself without talking. Curious, strange, obviously dreamer, who is most comfortable at home alone, obsessed with anything powerful, dramatic and sad (which I believe is a crucial point to keep my art always emotive and significative, yet very dark.) Oh and sure, besides my personal work, I’m also a pro commercial illustrator.
You have some incredibly captivating pieces, many are quite visceral one in particular grabbed my attention Heart Attack. Can you tell us about what inspired that piece
Heart Attack is about a passion you can’t control. I would say it’s a blind passion, something you would give your heart to pursue it, yet worthless.
Your art often depicts the supernatural, macabre, and combines with the juxtaposition of beauty and intimacy. It invites the viewer into a deeper world, the more they look the more depth they are able to find. Typically to be able to derive such evocative emotion the artist themselves has their own torments or pains they face. Do you find this to be the case with your work or do you gain that inspiration from other sources? Would you be willing to share any stories on that?
I’m used to say that the girls and monsters on my artworks are me with different faces and forms. When I’m doing art I’m able to live in another world (perhaps my inner world) for some few minutes, is the closest I can be of paradise. I believe the same happens with the viewer, some few minutes out of reality and live someone else’s world is an incredible experience.
I think art is one of best things in the world; it’s a God’s relief from the suffering and the daily pain, we wouldn’t be able to live into this crazy reality all the time, we need alternatives worlds to get inside.
Art for me is like the necessity of crying, it’s the way I found out to discover myself, it’s an outlet of my emotions. Sure my paradise is not that perfect always, most of times is quite frightening but that’s because we are all affected by reality and it’s daily torments. So basically all my arts has both sides, the human I am and the dreamer I want to be.
Do you have any religious or spiritual beliefs that you find influence your work? What pieces if any are a direct correlation of that?
I’m a Dark Artist and Christian, something quite unusual but true. God is entirely in everything I do. I wouldn’t claim myself a religious, I’m a believer. I don’t follow rules created by man, only by God. I actually live the surrealism daily, for many times my ideas comes from dreams, sometimes I feel like an instrument that must deliver a message from another world. One of my most spiritual pieces is Inner Conflict, this art has a big concept about the two side inside us. (good x evil).
A big challenge for many artists is separating personal from commercial work. In production of commercial art artist’s typically have to sacrifice a part of their persona or vision in the work. Have you found this to be true when producing work for publication, or have you been fortunate to maintain your vision of a piece. What pieces in particular reflect this.
You have just said one of my daily big problems. Most of the times commercial works are not dark or surreal, we can’t make all the things you want, all we can do is to transform a client’s idea.
When I have the opportunity to show my vision, when the client give me a little freedom to create and to share my opinion, I grant you, it will be a masterpiece! I’m looking for audacious clients, they are the best. I’m all the time trying something different, trying to be better and better with each new work, I just ask for some freedom and for some “trust on me”.
When that trust happens (and I’m glad it’s happening very often), the client back. Sometimes I just hear “do something different, you know the idea, go crazy”, that’s a big big pleasure.
I can cite two significative works:
-Splintered by A.G Howard, work with Abrams Books Publishing.
Totally my style, I felt very VERY comfortable when doing this work, like doing any other personal work. I could show a bit of madness and a hint of surrealism on the book cover, was a big pleasure.
-The Last Year, Trisha Leigh book series.
I’m still wondering the day Trisha trusted on me about doing a puzzle-cover art. That was new for me and I had a very good feedback about doing this, was dangerous but it worked! Of course the book has nothing about dark or macabre but the idea of having the girl when putting together the covers is priceless.
We started the interview by asking our readers to listen to a piece that has a tremendous influence on the impact of the work. Sound seems to play an integral part in what you do as you also feature an audio score on your site. How did this relationship of music with your work come about and what do you see as the most successful collaborations of your wok with Vladimir Agaev’s.
I have a great passion for dramatic and imaginative films and soundtracks. Obviously I am far from being a movie director, so my art is the closest I can be of creating my own story. Each art is like a movie scene for me. I try to transmit emotion through each “scene”, make things dramatic enough like it was the most intense part of a movie. When Vladimir contacted me asking for a collaboration it was actually a big pleasure to me, it’s was like I could hear my works or live them for some little minutes. Art and music are perfect together; I could finally see my works alive.
With such a large compilation of work, you must have a favorite piece, could you share with us what that piece is and why it is your favorite?
People usually ask me this, but it’s like to choose a favorite child, it’s sounds terrible, I just can’t do that. Honestly my very new works (being secretly produced since beginning 2012) are my favorite pieces right now BUT if I have to choose an old one I would say Symphony of Destruction. Why? First time ever using my face in an artwork. I could finally get into my work and world, officially.
Do you have any new work we should keep out on the look out for, or any places our readers can go to find out more?
I have a new big project/era coming out soon, I’m currently giving a big break of personal arts first due my big list of commercial works and MAINLY because I really needed sometime away to think and plan my new works. I assume after that long break I’ve been discovering a new side of myself, I’m totally new and my arts and ideas are much better than in my beginning. I actually can’t wait to show new artworks, I hope to show it soon. My new “era” calls Morbid Dream and that’s all I can say. You can always find last news on my website and blog.
Last but not the least, my first art book “LadySymphonia, the beginning” will be lanuched May 2013.
For more of Nathalia and her amazing work. Check out the links below.
- Nathalia Suellen’s Official Site
- Nathalia’s Blog
- Like Nathalia on Facebook
- Follow Nathalia on Twitter
I want to take the time again to thank Nathalia for sharing her amazing art with us. Pax Vobiscum!