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Dominique Zelunka captures the power and beauty of movement in her stunning large scale paintings. In this interview with The Artist's Page Dominique tells us a little more about her training and her inspiration.
- Interviewed by Lesley Wilkins
Q. WHEN DID YOU FIRST START CREATING ART?
In 2009 with the Flamenco Series: as my mum passed away I didn't want to dance for a year. And my gift came up and the desire to paint surfaced.
Q. TELL US ABOUT THE FIRST, OR ONE OF THE FIRST PIECES, YOU WERE REALLY HAPPY WITH.
When I made the Serena William 's series: 10 paintings, 4x5 feet.
Q. WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU WORK IN PRIMARILY, AND WHY?
Acrylic and mixed media are my preferred mediums: both are very flexible mediums.
Q. DO YOU HAVE FORMAL TRAINING?
Yes, I attended 2 prestigious art schools in Paris: l'Academie Julian and les Arts Decoratifs. I've also attended the Toronto School of Art.
Q. WHAT DOES THE PROCESS OF MAKING ART DO FOR YOU? OR HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?
It makes me realise that I have a gift and I'm thankfull that I have the opportunity to be able to use it.
Q. ARE THERE ANY RECURRING THEMES IN YOUR WORK?
Movement and conquest of negativity. Transformation and power.
Q. HOW DO YOU GET INSPIRED TO START A NEW PIECE?
Analyzing how can I transform negativity and how to bring hope and joy in the world is my way of constantly finding inspiration.
Q. WHERE HAS YOUR WORK BEEN SHOWN?
At the Arta Gallery, in the Distillary District (Toronto). In The Beach Studio Tour (Toronto) .
Q. WHERE CAN WE SEE YOUR WORK?
In the Spring Studio Beach Tour (Toronto).
Q. ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT YOUR ART?
I let go many years before painting professionally: a gift does not go away; it simply matures with the experiences we are going through during our life .
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