interview with devon sioui!

spring's happiness is downright infectious.

kind of like the happiness i feel when i look at devon sioui's bright, vivid paintings. her use of color is amazing.

and thanks to devon, who granted me a short interview to share with you all!

1. When and how did you start painting?

I actually can't recall a time when I didn't feel inclined to paint. For most of my life, however, I felt very frustrated with it because while I knew I loved painting and creating art, I felt I could never fully portray what I wanted, I just knew I had an urge to do it. I've always had a really strong sense of colour and while I always loved drawing and did a lot of it growing up, it never satisfied me I think because I was striving for something tangible, realistic. That was never something I was good at, but I wanted to be - I just didn't have the patience. I am such a casual painter. I need my stuff set up and have minimal clean up otherwise I'll lose my motivation to do it. This may have been a reason that I gave up the paintbrush and picked up a knife and began experimenting with different textures and colours leading to my feeling I'd finally found my niche.

2. Where do you find inspiration for your paintings?

I am inspired by lots of things every day. For me, less inspiring are the things I can see and touch but more thoughts and feelings and reactions. I am inspired by improvised music. There is something so beautiful to me about the spontaneity, the originality of it, knowing it can never be created again.  A recorded moment.  I like to think of my work sometimes as "Improvised Paintings". I don't like to think too much about them and the only thing I am striving for is a flow.  I'd be lying if I said that when I approach a blank canvas, that I have any sort of visual idea in mind. I feel most inspired when I find myself fully immersed in what's in front of me. If I am listening to music, I will be greatly influenced in what my ears are hearing, but if there is silence, I am still listening to the painting come to life; hearing its dialogue. 
 Jackson Pollack said it best, "I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess." (1956)

3. What is your favorite painting of yours to date?

This may sound silly, but I find it so difficult to choose as I am so ridiculously attached to each one. Each one is a story, a piece of me.  Parting with them is like saying goodbye to a lover. 
 "Big Painting" (2009) will always have a special place in my heart as I felt it was the first time I really allowed myself to just let go. It was also the first time I'd ever used a painting knife (though I did use a paintbrush too) and I felt I discovered a huge part of what it is I liked to do whilst creating that. 
 "Things I Should Have Said (To My Father)" (2010) is another notable, as I remember it felt so easy. I was painting it on my porch in the sunshine last Spring and everything about creating it felt so joyous. Also, it was a gift for my dad and he always cries when I give him artwork. So there's that. 
"Colour of Guill" (2011) is a very recent one and I like it because it was kind of a fluke. I was ridding my pallet of excess paint on an already-painted canvas and the fluorescent pink just burst out - it seemed so intentional. I barely touched it after that. 

4. What is your favorite painting by another artist? 

I could never pick one. If I even tried to list a few I wouldn't be able to stop. And then I would read this later and kick myself.  Lets just say: Paintings That You Can Hear.

5. Do you have any last advice or words of wisdom for aspiring artists? 

Stop thinking. 

if you love devon's work (and who wouldn't?), you can find her on flickrtumblrtwitter, and/or her blog.

readers, which of her paintings do you find yourself most drawn to?


Kayla Poole said...

Wowow! These are amazing. So bright and full of movement. Thanks for sharing her work and interview!

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

There's just something about 3D art like this that makes me love it that much more and I always have the urge to reach out and feel the different strokes. Amazing pieces here! I especially love "work in progress" and "you should end this here" - love this colors!

P.S. So glad I could comment! : )

SST said...

I've been fortunate enough myself to have seen much of her work in person (even during creation)
If you're ever lucky enough to see a D.Sioui work, touch it. There's a real tangible aesthetic, and... she'd even let you.

Noe @ ADELLA AVENUE said...

These are amazing. I love "you should end this here". The color with the undulating pattern working its way through has a surprising dream-like quality.

design elements said...

wonderful interview! stop thinking...agree

Style Maniac said...

amazing paintings. love how thick they are with color. going to check out her other sites now -- thanks for the tip.

John Kim said...

I give the artist credit for the vibrant colors, but can this person paint something that resembles something? If the painting looks like I can do it, it is hard for me to appreciate it. It must be something that I can't do, than I can admire it.

suzanne said...

John, I'm not sure creativity is so black and white. There is SO much more to art than "something that resembles something". That is a simple technical ability; something that can be taught. Try thinking with the right side of your brain and maybe you'll start to see more beauty around you. I'd also be curious to see your attempts at painting something like this. :)

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