Petra Stefankova


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Why do I do art?

Today, I have stumbled upon a Skillshare class by Guy Kawasaki, the chief evangelist at Canva. It has inspired me to think about my role as an artist and the art business I do. He suggested to ask me a few questions: What is the meaning behind my (art) business? What do I want to achieve in society by doing this business? Why do I do this? He advised us to answer these questions ideally in a short statement of 4 words. So here is what I came up with:

My artwork arose from the need for self-expression because I am rather a quiet person, it is my communication channel. I have a vision of the world translated into a simplified aesthetics and mostly flat shapes. I am a woman so that my focus is probably a female subject in my work. I love creating new stories too, so I inject my ideas into book concepts and animated short films.

The visual elements and interesting stories together play an important role in everyday life. They are a source of inspiration, knowledge and emotion.

1. I provide inspiration to others to become creative and create their own worlds, pictures and stories.

2. I am a source of knowledge I collected over the years and I published it in my own books.

3. My short animated films are emotionally engaging and moving.

That’s how I would sum it up.

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