International. Contemporary. Art.
Annarita Melina; Impulsive and always searching for the next project to work on, She feels the need to create and be creative all the time. She says: “It’s quite therapeutic and helps me think more clearly when I’m working on something. I actually don’t like the idea of defining ones art. To be categorised is to be restricted. My ideas constantly evolve and are made instinctively. The thought of someone liking and appreciating what I produce is amazing in itself. My goal is to make people think past the obvious and look at things from another’s point of view. This is what drives me to create.” This is an interview with Annarita Melina.
Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the mechanics of how things work, the world around us and the world within us. I have always been fascinated with time, movement, memories, our senses of sight, touch, sound, smell and like to incorporate this in my artwork whenever I can. I can also find inspiration in simple things like an apple, a texture on the ground or even a sound like a bird tweeting or a motorbike zooming past.
Where do you see your art going in ten years?
In all honesty I try and think about what I’m doing today, what I may like to do tomorrow and possibly where I’d like my work to be next year. To think of ten years is quite something. I can only say I wish for my work to create an impact within the fashion and art industry and to continue loving what I do – Creating, designing and making art prints wearable and interactive.
Can you tell us what you have going on right now?
Right now I’m prepping for the Oxford International Art Fair of course, but I’m also gearing up to exhibit my work in Sydney, Australia within the next few months. It’s an exciting opportunity to showcase my ArtWear on the catwalk as well as more traditional means. In between that, I shall continue to design and make items for private clients. The long term goal is to exhibit my work in New York and other cities around the world.
I know my artwork is finished when…?
I find myself saying “I like that. Yeah, I’m happy with that”. It’s at this point that I really should stop tinkering. Sometimes I continue working on the print and may end up not as keen on the design. But I put this all down to my creative process.