We’re excited to introduce you to Toronto abstract artist Suzanne Mouka. Check out the interview below to get to know Suzanne and her artwork a little more. Enjoy!
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Toronto Artist Suzanne Mouka
How would you describe your artistic style?
Abstract Expressionist and Intuitional.
What’s the main inspiration for your art?
Inspiration can comes from so many places, it can from nature, from a photo, from the way a certain light casts itself on a object. It doesn’t always mean your work is going to resemble the thing that originally inspired it, sometimes you just need an emotion or you need to be excited visually to begin. When I don’t know where to start I might search for artwork and draw from inspiration there, go for a mindful walk or even just start with a simple color palette and an open mind to lead the way.
What is the biggest goal you try to achieve with your art?
I like to tell a story or create movement and flow in my art, color and balance in the composition is always a big factor in my work. My art style may change here and there depending on what I feel like making or maybe I’ll try out a new idea. I would get really bored if I was doing the same thing over and over. I think that as long as I’m excited about what I am doing, then really that’s all I need. I paint for myself first, for my mind and the creative parts of the mind that take us somewhere else. The art I create is an expression of that, it doesn’t have to have mass appeal or be understood as something.
What’s your favourite thing about being an abstract artist?
The journey for sure. I like that I don’t need to overthink anything in order to start a piece (that part comes later). I don’t need to research or have a big idea, sometimes I do – but I don’t want to limit the amount of art I make to the pressures of having a subject all the time. I just want to try to paint everyday, and abstraction allows me to do that because there are no rules or limitations other than my own. It can be freeing and very frustrating too, you learn a lot about yourself and I’ve learned to step away from pieces, sometimes for months before coming back to them – that’s not my favorite part, but it is a part of the journey.
Did you always know you’d be an artist or how has your art journey progressed?
Yes and no. I’ve always been making things, it just happens more consistently now. I never thought of Art as a career for myself though, and it’s hard to get to a point where it can be a main source of income. I did always want to have a career where I could be creative, and even ventured into Graphic Design for a very short time. in 2021 I began painting more, I felt like I had never really given myself a chance to really find my art style or to really paint consistently and workout that muscle, so to speak. I began posting my art more on social media and at first it was hard putting it out there, but the feedback was really positive so I decided to share my journey through art, and gave myself a goal of one painting per week. This goal is personal, I’m excited to see how my art progresses as I try new things and evolve.
In your opinion, what’s the most important personal characteristic needed to embark on a career as an artist?
I think you have to be confident in what you are doing, that helps with selling and pricing your art. It’s a good balance like anything else – you also don’t want to take yourself too seriously, because there will be failures and you need to be open to the bad days too.
What’s your most fulfilling and enjoyable experience as an artist so far?
Learning about myself through my art has been pretty fulfilling. Practicing to be mindful of what I am doing in the moment, stepping away when I need to and coming back to something when tit feels right. And for sure the moment when you know a piece is finished, It’s such a satisfying moment.
Where do you see yourself and your art in 5 years?
Making art, painting bigger and hopefully selling lot’s otherwise where am I going to put it all?