16 Women & YOU

16 Women & You, is a collective of women who either have a creative side life or have transitioned from having a  part time creative life into a full time professional creative life.

 

The Process:

Over the next 12 months , I will begin interviewing and capturing images of women who would  be a good fit for this project.  At the end of the interview process, I will feature part of the interview along with a sampling of the portraits in an exhibition.

Content:

Over the course of time, I have worked and interviewed a bunch of high profile women. Women who have solid followings  and have high end clients. Women who also  pursue a successful creative career. I collaborate with female professionals from;  artists, designers, to health and life coaches. I have met other coaches, marketing and tech savvy women.  I have a decent understanding of today’s social media marketing and what kind of energy it needs to have. Social media has the ability to have a good impact on our society and opens many different  doors to theses women’s  success and it can also have a negative impact on women’s lives. It can be overwhelming, it can be manipulating, it can make you envious. It can also create feelings of negative self worth or your life is just boring and not enough.

Out of this results conversations where women create internal statements like :

“She has a lot of connections in the right places and I don't -that must be why she is so successful.”

or

“She has a wealthy family and husband, and has super social friends or a big team who manages her daily business.”.

“Yes, the right connections will help you. Congrats if you have this wealthy husband or family, but what does wealth mean to you?

 

This is how i try to shift those conversations, to make a shift in women's mindset. Yes, in those tiny squares you see the leverage lifestyle.  Still you are shocked when you read or listen to an article that says a women with $500k also has a dayjob as a bank teller.

But do you know if these women are truly happy? For many of us success equals being wealthy.. When you are wealthy, you create a visual image which evokes those emotions.


I can not create a shift with just one art project and change societies perspective. I can make an impact and start do something good and create an honest portrait /image of female creatives. Women, who still have an day job or a normal daily life.

16 Women & You, is a collective of women who either have a creative side life or have transitioned from having a  part time creative life into a full time professional creative life.

 

The Process:

Over the next 12 months , I will begin interviewing and capturing images of women who would  be a good fit for this project.  At the end of the interview process, I will feature part of the interview along with a sampling of the portraits in an exhibition.

 

If you live in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Berlin, Hamburg, Muenster or know of someone who would be a good fit for this project. Please connect me with them either via email hello @annikabieligbussmann.com or via Instagram @annikabbussmann or @purwomen.

 

 

Monika Kralicek - Artist 

 

 Who is Monika Kralicek? Could you describe yourself while incorporating your favorite colors?

I’m still learning so much about myself every day, keeping in mind we often change as people throughout our lives. At this point in time, I know myself to be independent, curious, and enthusiastic. I care a lot about people and the earth and I’m drawn to the soft organic tones in nature. I’ve reached a point where I’m not wildly ambitious with my goals, rather I’m seeking quality and balance. I’m particularly happy this time of year as the grey skies have returned and there is a quiet energy in the air. With each change in season my art evolves a little more.

Most of your pieces and your creative journey can be seen either on your website or Instagram, how and why did you choose to incorporate Instagram on your creative journey as a tool to reach out to your audience?

It wasn’t intentional… at first. I started on Instagram because I had a personal account where I would occasionally share images of my life around Portland and while traveling. I posted an image of my first painting and was immediately encouraged by my friends and family. I kept that up slowly over the next year while starting to connect with other artists. I found the community inspiring. Being self-taught, the art world was always intimidating, but on Instagram I could connect with artists and art enthusiasts no matter their background, social circle, or location in the world. I love that.

 Where do you seek your inspiration, does your creative dayjob has an influence on your pieces as well?

My mind tends to search for something that relates to my current work no matter where I am. When I’m at my dayjob most of the inspiration comes from the people I work with. I’m inspired by others who strive to create something they’re passionate about no matter the constraints. If I’m somewhere that’s not so stimulating then I am usually sketching, trying to remember a horizon or landscape. The most inspiring spaces I find in nature of course, but when I’m enjoying myself outside I try not to view everything as a painting. If I pay too close attention to the fine detail, then I forget the sensory experience of being in the moment. My work is an interpretation of a place, the emotion and memory of it, and sometimes a combination of many places. It all blends together.  

When did you start to value your work and when did you see that others value your work?

There were a lot of small moments that started building up. In April of 2016 I started this daily painting project where I committed to a specific focus for 100 consecutive days. My work improved and developed dramatically during that time. By the end of summer, I was working on larger canvases and I put them up for consignment in a local shop. I received some coaching as far as pricing goes and since I felt that it aligned with my work I went for it. The opening weekend I sold the largest piece I had on display. A couple months later I released 5 small pieces during an online popup and sold them all within 4 hours. Those two instances were my ah-hah moments. I shifted my mindset and no longer viewed my work as an amateur commodity. It holds value and illicits an emotional response in others. That’s impactful.

How important is it for an artist to have support from other artists or your community, family?

For me this is very important. I’ve struggled with my feelings of ‘deserving’ to be an artist. I’ve often felt that since I didn’t go to school and have the right contacts, I would never have ownership over the word ‘artist’. Having the support of my family and friends and a community of artists I’ve met in person and through Instagram has been very reaffirming. My desire to create comes from a deeply internal place but what keeps me going when it gets really hard and exhausting is my people.

Can you name 2 artists who are encourage and supported you from the beginning on?

Last year when in the early stages of my 100 day project I connected with a small group of other artists. We called each other our tribe. Lisa McLinden, Sam Rueter, Chelsea Garter, and Ingrid Knuti. Their support and encouragement has been invaluable.

 

When we don’t find you painting, where in Portland and in the world could we run into you?

Oh if I’m not painting I’m either chilling on the couch… we just bought a house and that in itself is an (exhausting) adventure! Or I’m out and about with friends. We like to eat and drink at new places, find interesting things going on in Portland, and just spend time outdoors… but it’s more than likely on the couch!

 Can expect upcoming shows and exhibitions from you soon?

I will be at the 525 Pop-Up hosted by NIKE Design in November and my work will be on display at West Elm Portland for the month of December. Lot’s more to come I hope!xo

  

 

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Art by Monika Kralicek

Art by Monika Kralicek

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Sketchbook by Monika Kralicek

Sketchbook by Monika Kralicek

16 Women & You

16 Women & You, is a collective of women who either have a creative side life or have transitioned from having a  part time creative life into a full time professional creative life.

 

The Process:

Over the next 12 months , I will begin interviewing and capturing images of women who would  be a good fit for this project.  At the end of the interview process, I will feature part of the interview along with a sampling of the portraits in an exhibition.

 
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If you live in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, Berlin, Hamburg, Muenster or know of someone who would be a good fit for this project. Please connect me with them either via email hello @annikabieligbussmann.com or via Instagram @annikabbussmann or @purwomen.