The editors of My Apple Podcast recently interviewed Allthingssuzette to talk about her rise as a digital artist, an artist who uses the iPad as her primary canvas.
Where do you get your inspiration from, and how do you usually begin your creative process?
My original works began as paper collages from magazines, but with technology and easy access to photos via Instagram, Pinterest and online subscriptions, I have morphed my art into a magical world that transcends boundaries, something scissors and glue could not. Like my penchant for fashion where i buy several key pieces each season for a statement, I see something in the way a fabric moves in a photo, or line of the skirt, or something I would love to add to my own collection. It is random to most, but it all comes together in the end. Sometimes I place a photo in my “thinking” folder and get back to it a couple of weeks later after I have slept on the ideas.
Are there any artists that have influenced your work?
I was inspired early on by the Dutch Masters and the Italian Baroque, which lends itself to the great backgrounds and outdoor scenes. I have always been off the beaten path, and think of everything as a multidimensional brain exercise, as there is always more there than meets the eye. I have been mesmerized by the paintings of John Rogers Cox, Ivan Albright, and Giorgio de Chirico, Magritte and to some extent Dali. I have also galvanized my style from the fashion photography of Tim Walker, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Meisel.
Fashion models are predominant figures in your artwork. What inspires you the most about them?
All my latest works are done digitally. I believe that this medium is here to stay. I begin with a the fashion photo, consider the pose, the makeup, the hair, then cut her/him out. With only the image, I start from a blank canvas and build the back, then add to the front. This media allows me to layer, twist, fade, draw and create something completely unique. It is truly not much different than mixed media I used in the past, with the exception of having cut out a collection of over 100,000 media files.
Do you have any favorites among models?
I have no model favorites, however, I am drawn to the moody and often somber images that the models evoke, My work is classical, so I seek out images that will transcend fashion design set for a specific scene to become transferral to any classical form I create.
How do you decide which model to feature in order to tell the story you want?
I cannot tell anyone how I develop a story or add the different depth and meaning. I attempt to hashtag for the viewer, but there are so many messages I am conveying that I purposely leave my work open to interpretation.
What are your future plans, regarding your art?
I believe there is a niche market for what I do, I have been promoted on Black Magazine multiple times and have exhibits in Monaco and possibly in the US. While the standard sets and location shoots will always be in vogue, I think purchasers of magazines are looking for more creative ways that models are used to promote fashion by breaking boundaries.
You can check out Suzette's work on Instagram or visit her website to see the breadth and scope of her amazing work.
Suzette Marie Jelinek is originally from Chicago, Illinois, but spent her first 22 years in Europe where she was deeply influenced by its art, natural surroundings, and art by the old masters. After many art courses on paper and canvas, she made the transition to digital media, seeing its potential for reaching a broader audience and creating a new form of art fused with fashion, fantasy and beauty.
Her works have been influenced by the paintings of John Rogers Cox, Ivan Albright, and Georgio de Chirico, Magritte and to some extent Dali. She has also galvanized her style from the fashion photography of Tim Walker, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Meisel.
Highlighted by @Black_Mag on Instagram and interviews, she has come to the forefront with her unique and brain-twisting way she sees the world. She is a born storyteller. Just look long enough at her art and a story will unfold before you. She is well known for her use of flora and fauna and illusion, creating magical places and sublime art.
All her latest works are done digitally. She believes that this medium is here to stay. She always begins with a fashion photo, considers the pose, the makeup, the hair, and then cuts the subject out. With only the image, she starts with a blank canvas and builds the back, then adds to the front. This media allows her to layer, twist, fade, draw and create something completely unique.
She is discovering a niche for her work in the fashion industry to expand the scope of what is possible for stylizing fashion editorials. There are endless possibilities to this creative new creative genre. She is excited about its future.
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