Hello Hoydens, Nelipots and Naturelovers!
About the artist MYRIPA
☆ Artist statement
For me life is not divided into good and bad, black or white.
This human experience is a temporary gift and it comes with shadows and fears that deserve to be appreciated for the guides and protectors they are. Some of my artwork deals with those human fears and bruises.
Creativity is not something that is only for those rare few who call themselves such. I believe art is the playful expression of souls creative power and therefor inherent in everybody.
There is always a reason why some visuals resonate with us more than others. Images speak directly to the soul, circumventing the ego-mind.
When something touches us it nourishes our soul and keeps it alive. We do well to listen to its’ subtle knocks and give space to its’ tintinnabulations.
“Nature’s diverse fauna inspires me. Especially when I see an animal that looks somewhat weird or appealing I itch to draw it. Because of obvious differences, we humans tend to focus on the strangeness between animals and us. Yet I am fascinated by what connects us as soulful beings.
Eyes are the windows to the soul and therefore hold an unparalleled fascination for me.
Details such as light reflected in the eyes, skin textures or knobby ears enthrall me. There’s a lot of magic easily overlooked because we are moving so fast or are ‘used’ to it.
My depicted animals often look directly at the viewer, which is a suble way of showing each individuals personality.
We get their full attention and that makes us take a fresh look and slow down.
I aspire that my drawings bring forth the soul of nature’s creation to touch the primal part in us that is also very much nature’s creation.
I strongly feel that each of us, you and me, have an obligation to take our wellbeing in our own hands. This includes how we individually treat our planet, our fellow tribe and ourselves. It is a lot of work, but it’s worth it. Self-respect and Selfcare translates into respect and appreciation for nature and creatures, as we understand that we are all connected.
Although being very versatile in technique and medium I preferably work with black ballpoint pen on paper. The pen gives me the opportunity to work very precisely and my lines stay where they are. The ballpoint pen of course is also a challenge in and of itself: to not being able to undo any potential mistake. So, like in life, I have to work with what I’ve got and make the better of it, which teaches me a lot of acceptance and flexibility of mind. On top of that, it pleases my perfectionist tendencies while curing them at the same time.“
Our world is different, zoologically speaking — less straightforward and more grisly. We are living in the eye of a great storm of extinction, on a planet hemorrhaging living things so fast that half of its nine million species could be gone by the end of the century. At my place, the teddy bears and giggling penguins kept coming. But I didn’t realize the lengths to which humankind now has to go to keep some semblance of actual wildlife in the world. As our own species has taken over, we’ve tried to retain space for at least some of the others being pushed aside, shoring up their chances of survival. But the threats against them keep multiplying and escalating. Gradually, America’s management of its wild animals has evolved, or maybe devolved, into a surreal kind of performance art.” – Jon Mooallem