Artist of the week: Vian Borchert
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Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? What mediums do you work with?
Vian Borchert: As far back as I can remember, I create and make art. I have always been talented and creative since I was a child. I come from an artistic background. On my mother’s side, the family is made up of artists. So art, as they say, runs in my blood. So I grew up in an art house where I was surrounded by professional artists and immersed in the world of art. I grew up attending many art receptions and conferences. Therefore, naturally, between the hereditary factor and growing up engulfed in the arts, all of these sharpened my natural talents and polished my artistic growth. I love all mediums of fine art. However, I am above all a painter. For a long time, I worked with oil on canvas. Yet for the past two years my medium has been acrylic on canvas.
Can you tell us about your artistic process and how the different stages unfold?
My artistic approach is very feverish! I approach my work and my subjects seriously, although I remember to have fun and enjoy the work process. Usually, I work on several boards at the same time. Sometimes the work goes on all day without a break until I can’t do it anymore. The work can also go on for days or even weeks until I find the work satisfactory and ready to be presented to the world. In general, this is a workflow process from painting to painting. I like to do works that are part of a series or a collection. I usually have a specific idea or topic in mind that I am heading to execute.
Tell us where does your inspiration for your art come from?
My biggest and main source of inspiration is mother nature. Mother Nature, for me, is my ultimate comfort and source of energy through her sunsets, sunrises and moonlight. Besides nature, my children are my inspiration. It is through their eyes, their energy and their love of life that I resource myself on a daily basis to do better for them and for their generation. I also love my plants: my lavender plant, my Shamrock plant are for me a source of inspiration and joy.
Do you have a specific “beat” that you like the most – nature, food, profiles, etc.? ?
Nature and food for sure. I am a nature lover. For me, being in nature, whether it’s meditating on the beauty of sunrise and sunset or simply gardening in my garden, everything connects me to the earth and its abundant generosity that it bestows on humanity. through his ceaseless daily donations. I try to watch sunsets almost every day because all the sunsets in the world are different – similar but different. For me, nature offers us an interactive art show on a daily basis, be it the dynamic sunrise, sunset or a rainbow. There is so much to see and enjoy in nature. When it comes to food, I am definitely a food lover. I come from a Mediterranean background, so food is of the utmost importance in our household. I mainly aim to do everything at home. Besides painting, I really enjoy cooking and being creative in the kitchen. I like vegetarian dishes which contain a lot of greens, spices and tofu.
Do you have a work of art that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
A number of works of art from art history that I admire and appreciate. Here are a few that I really like:
- Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” are simply breathtaking beyond words. When I look at these paintings of water lilies, I have the impression of being in Monet’s garden in Giverny, admiring the beauty of the pond and its water lilies through Monet’s eyes.
- Louise Bourgeois ‘Spider Sculpture – The darkness and the mysterious element of Bourgeois’ work attract me. For me, Bourgeois tells a story through each sculpture it presents. Bourgeois’ spider sculptures surpass us in their size, color and material. They are immensely strong but fragile at the same time.
- “Orange and Black Wall” by Franz Kline – The energy that Kline presents in most of his works is infinitely beautiful and daring. His works imbue strength and confidence like no other.
- “Attersee” and most of Gustav Klimt’s landscapes – Klimt’s landscapes are among my favorites of all artists. Klimt created his best landscapes while vacationing by this lake in Austria near his summer home. I particularly like the shimmering, reflective light presented in these works through Klimt’s mosaic depiction of the ripples on the surface of the lake.
Regarding my art, I have a few pieces that I consider to be milestones in my artistic career and my artistic journey. My painting titled “The Yellow Line”, which is an abstract painting that I completed in 2017, illustrates my painterly abstract expressionist touch. I think this painting is so linked to my character and my identity as an artist. Here is a link to view the piece.
What experiences in your life have affected your art the most?
I believe that the major experiences that have affected my art are not exactly the happiest times of my life. It is in fact the opposite, the trials and these very difficult life and death situations that I experienced that pushed me to escape into my art to find comfort and refuge in the creative world away from sadness. and the morbidity of those difficult times. Art for me is not only a form of self-expression, but it has helped me heal and escape into my own created world. Therefore, art through the ups and downs of my life has always been not only a creative outlet but a source of mediation and escape.
If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
What’s next for you? Something that you are working on right now that you are really passionate about?
I am currently working on an NFT part which fascinates me. The piece will blend into my signature artwork with modern interactive technology formatted together into an NFT artwork. I will be launching and starting it shortly. In addition, I am working on a series of new works which will have a more constructive aspect and will be performed in mixed media. The works will be in a way a documentary on my travels and my journeys through my abstract vision presented in multimedia.
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (We ask everyone!)
I like my strong coffee and I take it with non-dairy cream. I don’t like the taste of milk in my coffee because I feel like the milk takes away the aromatic and authentic taste of real coffee beans.