Lika has been in Second Life since 5 February 2018.
Inspired by music and poetry, challenges and constraints, but mostly by looking at simple things, emerge the stories that Lika use to tell us whit her work.
As she says, her works are not there to solve a problem or a question. Everything she does exists to convey meaning, feelings, beauty, to wake us up, to give us pause, to stir emotions or memories.
An dreamer and truly romantic, always silent and in the background, busy with new ideas, immersed in her own world.
In her works the original “story” use to change in the course of creation.
Thus, the continuous process of development to the “final product” is also a personal journey of discovery for Lika.
Driven by strong emotions and curiosity and with great devotion, Lika loves to draw with watercolors or crayons, always curious to discover from the viewers what feelings she might have awakened.
On the journey of her creative development process and with her luminous personality, she manages to inspire and immerse us in her artwork.
My deep gratitude to Lika for allowing me a glimpse into her world and my hearty invite,
to all readers of this wonderful interview to visit CameoArt Gallery and exhibitions in Second Life.
Your life without art would be …
Lika: Life would not be possible. I am looking at simple things such nature and its beautiful creation. As simple as a spiderweb, how beautiful that is, or how a tree changes, or how wind moves leaves, or even the sound of rain, why not think that that is art too, for me is. Therefore, there is no life without art, I will be dead, nonexistent.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Lika: I wonder sometimes too, where does it come from? Most times are my emotions, people that surround me, or as simple as looking at the sky of how clouds move. Many of my ideas pop up during a conversation, it is amazing how I get inspired by simple things. Music of course, poetry or visual arts, all contribute to my work. I like challenges and constraints, this is another source of how inspiration could come. In summary, I am looking at simple things and think beyond what I see, becomes a story I want to tell.
What is your work about?
Lika: The art I create doesn’t exist to solve a problem or an issue. It exists to give meaning, feelings, beauty, awaken us, pause, stir emotions, bring memories. I think everyone sees different things in it. Maybe I should ask my audience? What it is my work about? Is it about how you feel?
How is the artistic process like there? Do you see an object / person / landscape first and then the idea comes up? Or is it upside down?
Lika: I think humans have an amazing brain, sometimes you know it when you see it, it is like yes, and click. Sometimes is a discovery of light, colors and shapes. I get lost in time while working, I like the process as much as I like the “end product”. One art piece it is like a story to me, it changes so much through its birth, each step could be a piece of art, therefore I find it hard to stop.
I like change and I like evolution, I like morphing and transformation. If you happen to visit my gallery you can see that I use simple prims to build the space, and not a fully modeled architectural building in blender per say. This is intentional, this allows me to transform the space to what I feel, it is like a moving maze that never stops evolving.
Lika: always explore the world with new eyes dream of places you have never imagined and discover a love so perfect that is almost never meant to be, think outside the box to put it in a short form.
Currently, the best place for you in SL?
Lika: this is a very hard one, hum it changes,
I would probably pick empty beaches, i like the depth of the oceans and infinite horizon.
A question that moves you right now …
Lika: There are questions that maybe should not be asked.
Is there a work of art in your life that particularly impressed you?
Lika: It is hard to outline one. I am sure there is more that I haven’t seen, that would impress me deeply.
If I can say that Pantheon impressed me deeply, the experiences I had through the day in that building left me in wow, the shadow and the light play just amazing, totally adore that.
If I think of a painting, it would probably be “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt I saw in Vienna, I love Art Nouveau, and I am a hopeless romantic, thus this painting left me deeply touched.
What is art for you – now completely independent of the usual definitions?
Lika: Art is so broad that it can never be defined. Art to me it is not what you see or hear, it is what you feel. When I was in college, I did I very cool project where the exhibit was in a dark room, the intent was to touch and imagine without seeing, this is what art could be. Art has no boundaries unless we set them.
Was there a key experience or has the artist profession always been your dearest wish?
Lika: I think I am a dreamer, not an artist. Since I was a kid I remember myself drawing something, I always loved to riddle with my pencil. I did study art, I did paint for many years and was passionate about photography, but only as a hobby, however life got busy and I stepped away from that until recently. To be honest, I never thought about myself as an artist until people started to call me that way. I have a very good friend in SL that saw my first sketches, and said why not do this here in SL, so it started with that.
What drives you?
Lika: Emotions, and probably the fact I care too much about everything. I am a child that is curious and likes to discover. Therefore my curiosity drives me.
Do you feel understood with your art?
Lika: Art is seen and understood in many different ways. I don’t know if I am understood, and should I? I don’t think I seek that. However what makes me believe that do make a difference it is the odd email or text I get that my work touched a person, stirred emotions. And could be both, love or hate, art is there to be criticized.
Do you think that you can make a difference with your art?
Lika: I don’t know. I think more yes than no. Sometimes simple acts of kindness change people. We live in a world where the normal is hard to define and acclaimed artworks are voices, as I said not everyone will love it, but for sure will stir emotions.
Do you think that everyone is an artist?
Lika: Depend what you think art is. I think you can be one if you want to, you have to find yourself what art means to you.
Do you have any role models? If yes, which?
Lika: We are living creatures, we all look at someone at some point in our lives to learn. However I cannot identify one, I’ve learned many things from many amazing people, and not necessary famous or who had an impact on humanity. “Fight with kindness” they say…
What does the term art mean to you?
Lika: A way of expressing yourself.
Are there any topics that you are particularly interested in implementing?
Lika: I love the most complex challenges, I love working with people, therefore humans and their emotions, that is what I am mostly interested in.
What is your strength?
Lika: my weakness is my strength, I LOVE.
What was the best advice you have ever received in SL?
Lika: Don’t try to be someone you are not, not even in SL and don’t fear anyone’s opinion.
Your next projects, exhibitions. Where your art can be seen?
Lika Cameo Bio
“I am a dreamer that thinks that art is important, I am continuously discovering who I am as an human. I love working with watercolors and crayons, I do real life paintings, sketches also digital art. Among all the things I see around me, I love to draw humans the most, I just find joy in discovering what they feel through my paintings or pictures.”