Hello Michelle! Tell us a little about yourself. How did you become an artist?
Hello Lyubov, I have always been deeply inspired by the world of art. However, it wasn't until five years ago that I truly discovered my passion for it. It all started when I was introduced to the works of Joseph Lorusso, who quickly became my favorite artist. His art had a profound impact on me and inspired me to take painting classes and start creating my own art.
Initially, I began working on my art in my bedroom, but as my passion grew, so did my workspace. People started to show interest in my art, which encouraged me to create a dedicated painting room. Eventually, three years ago, I decided to create a website and online shop to showcase my work, including a line of hoodies and prints featuring one of my pieces. As my art gained more recognition, I started to exhibit in galleries, which gave me the opportunity to meet a diverse range of people and connect with other artists. At this point, I can't imagine my life without art, and I am continually inspired by the beauty and power that it holds.
At the moment you are a psychology student. Why did you decide not to get an art education? Do you have plans to get it in the future? Do you think an artist needs an education?
I have always been drawn to psychology and helping people with mental health struggles. I have a natural sensitivity to the moods of others, and I am fascinated by observing people and their facial expressions. My psychology studies have given me a deeper understanding of these topics, which has also enriched my art.
Although I didn't pursue a formal education in art, I plan to do so in the future. I believe that learning new skills and constantly growing in all areas of life is important. Right now, I am fully focused on my psychology studies and pursuing my dream of exhibiting my art all over the world.
I believe that art is a powerful form of expression that can communicate what words cannot. It allows me to channel my emotions and experiences in a unique and meaningful way. With my Bachelor's degree, I hope to have many opportunities, including the possibility of pursuing art therapy. However, I have always been someone who enjoys exploring different passions and pursuing multiple interests simultaneously.
Where does your new painting begin?
When starting a new painting, I usually begin by creating a moodboard with the colors and ideas that I want to convey. I also like to set the mood for the painting by playing music that captures the essence of what I am trying to create.
Next, I typically begin sketching out my ideas on the canvas. As I start to paint, I often find myself in a meditative state, completely absorbed in the creative process. It's as if I am transported to my own world, where I can fully express myself and let my imagination run wild.
During this phase, I become so engrossed in my work that I often lose track of time and don't even hear the doorbell. It's a beautiful feeling to be completely in the moment and create something that comes from the depths of my being. Ultimately, my goal is to create a painting that captures the essence of the moodboard and conveys the emotions that I am trying to express.
Do you think studying psychology influences your creativity and the style of your work?
Undoubtedly, my studies in psychology have had a significant impact on my creative process and the style of my work. I believe that studying psychology has allowed me to tap into a deeper understanding of human emotions and to be more vulnerable in my expression. When I'm creating a piece, I allow myself to be more open and honest with my emotions, both positive and negative. This often results in my artwork being more raw and authentic, as I am expressing myself in a way that feels genuine and true to my inner self.Additionally, my studies in psychology have also helped me to better understand the relationship between color and emotions. I am more aware of how different color combinations can evoke different feelings in people, and I try to use this knowledge to create pieces that convey the emotions that I am trying to express. Overall, I believe that studying psychology has been instrumental in shaping my creative process and the style of my work. It has given me the tools to express myself in a way that feels authentic and true to my inner self.
Do you ever have emotional burnout? How do you overcome crises? How to achieve harmony in a relationship with yourself?
Yes, I believe that everyone experiences emotional burnout at some point in their lives, especially in today's fast-paced society. It's important to acknowledge these feelings and find healthy ways to cope with them.
Personally, when I experience burnout, I turn to my art as a way to express my emotions and find release. Additionally, I find that writing down my feelings, practicing meditation and yoga, and self-coaching are all
helpful tools in achieving harmony within myself.
Overall, I think it's essential to prioritize self-care and self-reflection in order to maintain a healthy and balanced relationship with oneself.
Is there any message in your works? What thoughts should they evoke in the viewer’s mind? What is the Michelle Schwarzbach artist trying to tell us in her works?
Yes, there is a message in my works. Through my art, I aim to inspire people to believe in their dreams and pursue them, regardless of any obstacles or imperfections they may face along the way. I want to evoke a
sense of hope, positivity, and empowerment in the viewer's mind.
In addition to this, I also want to challenge the notion that art should be judged by traditional standards of beauty or perfection. In my opinion, art is a reflection of the artist's emotions, thoughts, and experiences, and therefore, should not be limited to a specific set of standards.
Ultimately, through my works, I hope to spread a message of acceptance, self-love, and creative expression. I want to encourage viewers to see the beauty in imperfection and to embrace their own unique journey, as I do in mine.
Tell us about your creative plans in the future.
In the future, I have plans to continue exhibiting my artwork in my hometown of Berlin and further afield. However, for the next months, my focus will be solely on creating new paintings. I believe that everything
happens for a reason, and I am optimistic and motivated about what the future holds.
Text by Lyubov Melnickowa @lumenicka