Interview with Jana Brike

by Tuesday, January 7, 2014

wpb0d59719_05_06Hello Jana, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

A big emotionally overcharged period of my life is just over, and I start to feel at peace about it. I am starting to grow new ideas for new solo projects this year, exhibitions and a book, and more. This is a new exciting epoch.


Would you give a brief walk through your workflow?

Art and life is one thing. It just unfolds. Quite unpredictable with me. Usually my work evolves as separate series circulating and growing around certain ideas and processes that are going on with me intimately at the time. I sketch and write things. Some evolve as larger “finished” paintings, some have started to evolve as animated shorts, some stay just as stories and drawings. My preferred mediums change. I grew very fond again of simple old-school oil painting on canvas last year. Such a beautiful meditative process.


SONY DSCHow has your work evolved over the years from when you were beginning?

I really begun very young, even as a child of age 10 or so, with a really professional training of skills starting with such basics as priming and grounding canvases, chemistry of paint pigments etc. So of course my work has evolved much since such early age. It has evolved as much and in the same ways as I have as a human being. It has become more peaceful, lighter, more beautiful, more self-aware, more harmonious, more self-sufficient and at the same time more in touch with wholeness of all, more intelligent. Also happier, more playful. That is how I feel about it at least.


Who’s the first painter that comes to your mind in a second?

Well, in a second, I do. (smile)


wp37b9fbe7_05_06What’s the place or what do you do when you feel you’re thinking in a bright way?

I go somewhere in the nature, preferably either forest or sea, and I try to do it at least once a week. I feel it helps me stay sane and grounded and connected to the natural cycles of life, and to have a distance to see through the illusions of contemporary realities and collective consensus.


Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

Oh, but I do what I want to do, and it’s closing to – every moment. It is possible. I guess I usually think along the “what I want to BE” more than “DO” line. Be more unconditional, more free, more awake and aware than I am, and doing the right thing just seems to fit into right place naturally. It just flows as a river with a little directing here and there. When I was younger I often felt like I am sort of living two separate lives consciously. The internal creative incorporeal dreaming life and the external practical palpable life. Now they are as separate and as unified as breathe in and breathe out. They are one.


wp9e224a13_05_06Something you want the world to know about you.

You mean about “me” as a “person”?  Well, “person” is just a story. A little piece of art. It can be deconstructed and reconstructed a new, written and rewritten and it will never be completed. Never. “I” as a dreamer is beyond our stories, it is not a phenomenon, it is imageless. It cannot be told, and it cannot be drawn. So I cannot tell the world what I really crave for it to know. I can just watch from that place, play with images and rely that some inklings leak through.


Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.

I feel like I have come to a place where my alignment is by most part exclusive of what everybody else does. As I see it, focusing on what people “lack” about their character, cannot and does not in any way help me to uplift them. On the contrary, it helps to downgrade me quite a bit. So I keep my focus where it feels more relevant to me.


wp7a34c342_05_06Your idea about social networks.

A large part of all my  five real and dear friends are the ones I have initially met on social networks and it has just blossomed from there beautifully into my life. It has also been quite a nice easy way to connect with people with similar views, ways and interests. I have nothing negative at all to say about social networks, not in my life at least. As long as one is capable to be sensitive enough and filter what is personally relevant and true to them from the junk, it is fine. Although quite a Cinderella-esque task sometimes could occur.


What’s overrated/underrated today?

The extent to which the collective values and ratings shape individual lives is overrated. This is also a reply to what is underrated. YOU are underrated. Your true free natural powerful beautiful creative self which is in power to shape your reality is quite underrated.

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  • Acklin
    January 29, 2014

    I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

  • Gautreaux
    February 22, 2014

    I wonder if this is taken by a RED kinda camera or we can shot these things with a DSLR with a high fps?

  • Jaylars
    March 25, 2014

    Strong declarations and visuals.Great peek into a subculture.

  • Ross
    December 24, 2014

    would love to know who did the 3d ones. the ones, that look kind of lowpoly, sketch and toonish. the first one that shows up in the credits. please ! :D

  • Vld
    February 28, 2015

    Crazy ass shit, somewhat reminiscent of the Birdman. Overlapping reality and fantasy, love it.

  • Tiola
    September 5, 2015

    Great Piece! A well-edited and dignified look into this unique community. Nicely done!

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