ROXY VAN BEMMEL

UTRECHT

Roxy’s elegant, colourful aesthetics show how delicate but also expressive her figurative motifs can be; illustrating simultaneously a constant reflection of her surroundings.


EDITION I ”YOUTH DISRUPTED BY THE FUTURE”


      




What did you do 13MIN AGO?

13 minutes ago? I was running and creating and running even more. The pandemic got me to a still stand, wiping my whole calendar clean and using the time to reflect on my art. During the first weeks, I wasn’t able to concentrate on one particular thing that’s why I created small assignments for myself: working from reference, painting my own photos etc.. Just easy things. And slowly, I got back into a rhythm being able to focus again. I guess the pandemic made me put two years of thought, of work, and art into only three months. Now as things are slowly getting back to the (new) normal, I keep constantly remembering myself on what appreciated when I was being isolated at home only to prevent myself from running again.


How would you define your artistic practice?

I look for inspiring faces, shapes, and fashion that attract my attention. Then, I put all elements together into my own universe. I paint figuratively but try to add an original reference to my art. By playing around with proportions and colours, I shape the characters and match them to my personal view. Sometimes my paintings are some sort of relatable aliens. Just recently, I’ve discovered a new fascination towards self portraiture. It somehow allows me to stop looking at my references. 

All in all, I would say that my work revolves around the conflicts of identity.


Do you believe in the saying “fake it until you make it”?

I do, although at some point the "fake" should become real within the process of growing as an artist.


If you hadn't ended up being an Illustrator, what would have been your plan B?

I have studied fashion design initially, so that would have been my future. But honestly, there wouldn’t be anything else than not being an artist. I go crazy when I don’t create.


Why is artistic collaboration important to you, especially in a world that demands meaning and purpose?

Sometimes, you become stuck on your own views as an artist and collaborations create new ideas and views that you probably could not have figured out on your own. Those energies open up new sides of yourself. Other than that it also a lot of fun.


What do you think are the toughest ethical questions in the creative industry of today?

It is a question I’m struggling the most with since my study: Why do we need more shit? What do I bring into this world? We are living in abundance and as an artist, I’m creating content which means that I’m contradicting my own view on this issue. That is why I’m always asking myself: Why do I create? What do I want to show? Recently, I have been working on more personal pieces that have a deeper, metaphysical meaning instead of creating just pretty illustrations. It is probably also because I had more time to reflect on myself during the lockdown. So: Replacing mass by quality content is a start.Even if it is not accessible anymore in such a fast-paced and consuming world. Generally, we have to start to think differently about everything we produce and consume, business, and consumers, and create a new model that works in the long term.