Is art what makes us human?

This is the question that has been stuck in my mind recently. We often take the visual stimulation for granted: the color of the building, the carefully crafted packaging of the products we love, the shape and feels of the material that just seamlessly fit. The truth is that:

Art and engineering are two different languages telling the same story.

We often comfort our physical bodies with materialistic assets in hopes for our souls will follow, but art actually frees us from daily mandanes and look into our souls.

When I started chatting with De Reya Me, the beauty in her writing and art sunk into my heart. Her art carries joy, grief and pain at the same time. That is life — it isn’t meant to be easy: it is meant to be lived, inspired and shared.

Art is De Reya Me’s language to tell her stories.

Found

1. What was the first piece of art you created and what was the inspiration behind it?

One of my first pieces was mandala “Found”, and it was created after I ended a dark period in my life, and moved to a different city. To be honest, I started experimenting with psychedelics at that time, and for the first time in my life I was able to see and to create with colors. It felt like a whole new world opened into a life full of wonder, love and color.

2. What was your latest work? And what was the inspiration behind it?

My latest work will soon be added to my Art&Me gallery (link), because it was created for a special exhibition and I didn’t have time to photograph it 🙂 So my latest that you can observe here, would be the “River Eye”. And this is an image that I’ve been having in my head ever since my father died more than a year ago. Everything I create comes from my emotions, and for the past year, that mostly means grief and pain, but also the collateral beauty that death brings to one’s life.

3. What are your biggest achievements so far? 

My proudest moment for me was putting my art online and having a small exhibition in my hometown in Slovenia. For this exhibition I created a series of three paintings (50 x 70 cm), titled Moon Earth Sun, and it was the biggest project in my life.

4. What are the advice that you would like to give to the other artists?

Explore and love everything around you, including yourself! Never be afraid to experiment!

5. Who are your inspirational artists?

My favorite artists to look at are visionary artists like Alex Grey, Eduardo Rodrigez Calzado, Morgan Mandala, Elisabeth Banker, Martin Cash…

“I think the problem is the lack of emphasis in emotional intelligence of society in general, because it values money over love, working over living, quantity over quality, consumption over creation.”

6. What do you think are the biggest challenges artists are facing currently? And why?

I see the biggest problem in society with understanding art and in valuing art. Artists are considered too emotional, too caught up in their dreams, they (we) are seen as though we don’t contribute enough to society (you can’t make a living painting, being branded as a dreamer that doesn’t understand the value of hard work….) And I think the problem is the lack of emphasis in emotional intelligence of society in general, because it values money over love, working over living, quantity over quality, consumption over creation.

To all this, I would like to add, that my art always involves a lot of emotions and spirituality. Every piece I ever created carries one of my stories with it. That’s also why I post my paintings with my poems or thoughts that are reflective of the way I see a specific painting I painted. I find beauty in darkness, because only in darkness, can you value the meaning of light.

“I find beauty in darkness, because only in darkness, can you value the meaning of light.”

Find out more about De Reya Me’s art @ https://artandme.space/artist/dereyame/

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