It started with a gift…
For my birthday in November last year, my pal Steve surprised me with the universe.
Well, a print of the universe to be exact; an outrageously vibrant, psychedelic interpretation of the clustered cosmos by the exceptionally talented, Melbourne-based artist Amanda Krantz.
Her impressive artworks can only be described as pure magic, and the Molten team are completely enamoured with her work. We asked this curious soul some questions about her enchanting art and peeked into her dreamy imagination…
You are such a natural at what you do! How old were you when you started showing interest in art?
Thank you! I was interested in art, and in making things since forever, I’ve been told. I guess I was that kid that always had clag glue in her hair! Although drawing and colouring was high up there on my priorities as a kid, I think just the act of creating was what I longed to do. My parents would say creating mess, mostly…. and not much has changed there.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I call it organic-psychedelia. Organic in that much of my work is created in pours, so both the motion of delivery and the result are free-flowing and organic.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Nature, mostly. I particularly like to notice the little alien-fantasy worlds at the level of mosses, and fungi. The act of painting itself is another major inspiration. Many ideas come from working in the studio… this is why if you are ever stuck or blocked, you are best to work and eventually you will unblock yourself.
Do you dream up each piece or do they spontaneously fall together when you start?
A bit of both, and the amount of each varies with each painting. The benefit of painting in many layers, is you have the freedom change and go with the flow. You can let each layer dictate your next move.
Your pieces look so intricate and detailed, how long do they take to complete?
There is often a lot of work in each piece, it’s true, but I couldn’t tell you how long they take me. I usually work on 5 at a time. This gives each layer a chance to dry, and a chance for me to think about my next move. From start to finish, I guess each piece is being worked on in the studio for about a month.
What do you hope for people feel when they see your artwork?
Hmmm… I hope they feel a sense of playfulness, and beauty and connection to beauty in nature.
What is the ultimate goal for yourself as an artist?
I have been very lucky so far in my career, and I hope mostly that the universe will provide enough for me to continue painting for the remainder of my time here. That’s a privilege granted to few, and while I’m aware of that, and would be happy with that, my ultimate goal would be to have complete creative freedom with a limitless budget and create large dreamland works and worlds.
Who would be a dream client to purchase one of your artworks?
That’s tough one. Elton John? I think you know you’ve made it when Elton buys your work!
What words of wisdom would you pass on to the aspiring artists and creatives?
I do have a lot of words of wisdom for those just starting out, but I won’t go on too much because I guess part of it is finding your own way and not giving too much weight to what others say. But here are a few important ones:
- Stay out of debt, because your creative self really doesn’t need that pressure.
- Make a lot of work, even if it’s bad.
- Listen to podcasts in the studio.
To view or purchase Amanda’s colourful artwork visit www.amandakrantz.com/
Follow @amandakrantzstudio to see what masterpiece she dreams up next