July Tweeterview Highlights: Mikko Lyytinen, Beatrice Von Millhouse and Claudio Dalla Bernardina
July 9, 2021
Another week, another Tweeterview. We appreciate that not everyone may be on Twitter, hence we have composed the best moments and quotes from our interviews in the past week and a half. Whether it is drawing inspiration from adversity, exploring society's concept of beauty or capturing reality - our interviewees have tackled the most complex of topics in the snappy simplicity of Tweets!
Some weeks ago, after our Tweeterview with Ivona Tau, we asked Twitter who we should invite next - the response did not disappoint. Recommendations and messages came flooding in, and we got to the busy task of coordinating and scheduling everyone in!
First in line was Finnish visual artist Mikko Lyytinen, whose works range from large abstract and expressive oil paintings to surreal finely detailed digital drawings. Given the vast variety of his oeuvre, we picked Lyytinen’s brain about the places he draws inspiration from:
Inspiration can come from many places, often it is a lot of things coming together to a meaningful connection. It can be an experience in nature or something from folklore or new technology. an event in life that just needs to be worked on.
Noting the many forest and aquatic creatures popping up through his work, we wondered if they were at all connected to Finnish folklore. Were there stories behind the bees and larvae, moose and sharks?
🌊🌊🌊Yes, though not necessarily in a way of fiction. The creatures are often reflections of something happening in my life, but they are put into these forms to be able express it. Sometimes a story begins to emerge as I work with a drawing but its secondary to the art itself. pic.twitter.com/X86S8hce9O
Next we interviewed the UK-based artist Beatrice Von Millhouse. As a multidisciplinary artist, her work incorporates a low tech aesthetic, constructs of Digital and New-Media tools, code, photography, installation and performance. Von Millhouse is “driven by the ongoing exploration of the concept of ‘perfect’”, according to her bio, and had some striking insight into the process through which we define beauty.
1/ Beauty is never absolute. It depends on cultures, geography, history etc. As such, the value of “beauty” changes constantly. As society, we have a set value of what is beautiful, however we are looking at it as a sum which is greater than its components. pic.twitter.com/7RRGJ6Pw0c
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the interplay between subject and object. Another recurring subject in Von Millhouse’s work is domestic violence against womxn. We’ll let the readers draw their own conclusion in terms of relation to the previous subject of ‘perfection’, and urge everyone to check out Von Millhouse's work on the topic:
5/https://t.co/sfBljFMw5V Womxn (2021) is one of two generated works depicting the status of Womxn within domesticity during 2020-2021 COVID-19 pandemic. Using text to image Machine Learning model I created a true representation of newspaper headlines reports of domestic abuse.
Finally, we also connected with the Italian (but Thailand-based) visual artist Claudio Dalla Bernardina, who, similarly to other Tweeterviewees, works with a vast range of different disciplines from photography to documentary-making and graphic design. He relayed his story from discovering his love for computers as a kid to ending up as a freelance designer opening up a restaurant in Thailand, but holding on to his passion for experiences:
Shooting documentaries and doing reportage photography are the experiences I loved the most because they allow you to travel and to explore realities otherwise off limits.
Drawing inspiration from capturing the everyday, Dalla Bernardina feeds back into his work as a digital artist. He explained how his love for documentary footage brings out a desire to play with an image:
I have the constant feeling that trying to capture reality in an image or a video in an impossible task because you always end up telling your subjective point of view. Which can be interesting, but it’s not the reality.
To conclude, what is art but the exploration of reality? It seems to be a common thread throughout our interviews. This is all for now - but stay tuned for more Tweeterviews in the coming weeks! We’ll be reporting back to you right here on our blog.
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