Judit Nagy L. – LNJ (Slovakia-Switzerland) talks to us about her art, answering 10 questions, using the 5 W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
Art heals by giving voice to the soul.Judit nagy L. – LNJ
Who are you?
My artistic name is Judit Nagy L. – LNJ. I consider myself a wine painter, for which I left behind my old life as a former civil engineer with a Master’s degree. My ultimate goal is to nourish the creative soul in all who view my art and to forever enrich the lives of those who possess it.
Who are your favorite artists?
Aleah Chapin, a Seattle painter whose new, as she says, drastic change in her work during the Corona period triggers such great emotional turbulence in me as I have never experienced in any contemporary art.
Bertrand Goalou, a contemporary artist and traveller, creates masterpieces of colourful drawings that fill his art with absolutely positive vibrations.
Ariane Clément, a photographer from Québec who documents older people. She captured my heart with her project “The Art of Ageing”, from which I selected a photo; with Ariane’s permission, it is one of my latest works in progress.
What themes does your art focus on?
A few years before, my focus was on symbolism and I wanted to express myself with a mixture of abstraction and symbolism. This has changed over time and I tend towards figurative paintings in which we humans are the focus. For both my “eras” I used bright colours and mix them in an unconventional, so to speak, unregulated way. Me and the colours are good friends and we work together in a freedom so that I can express my feelings authentically. In parallel with my ArtBodies for 2022-23, I plan to return to my art style from my youth and renew it in the near future. A request from an art residency in Sicily inspired me to take this step. It is a series of minimalist-style artworks in homage to Mount Etna, the wine straight from the island of Sicily and the spirit of the place.
What is your hallmark as an artist?
As a special art, I create mixed media art using real wine, liquor, soil from the vineyards and spices. An explanation of the terms I have developed for my painting techniques:
WINEporTRAIT© – is created with a real wine and soil from the exact vineyard. It is a portrait of the wine itself: how I “see” and feel the wine after tasting it. This process was developed by myself and requires a good technical knowledge and a longer time to create. I have called this style IVVArt – In Vino Veritas Art Method©. The COA includes a written report of the painting process and the data of the wine.
Winepainting – can include more than one wine paste and the COA does not include details of the wine(s).
ReMixArt – is a type of upcycling or re-recycling art where something new and special or even exclusive is created from old materials.
Spirit of Art – Art of Spirit – Art is Spirit: is a further development of the IVVArt method© in which I use spirits (gin, raspberry brandy, etc.) and real spices directly from the distillery.
+: Acrylic on stretched canvases and smaller contemporary installations or drawings on paper are also part of my artistic portfolio.
What music or other audio do you listen to while you work?
I like this question!
This year, 2021, I opened an ArtBody – A Painted Melody (or Melody on Canvas) and these paintings are the visualisations of the music I chose to have them paint.
There are 2 paintings finished and available at this moment:
1.) “Cultivate Your Inner Space” – where the musical inspiration was Estan Stone’s guitar playing “Outer-Inner”.
2.) “SoulStorm” – a young violinist, Vilde Frang, played Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64, together with a philharmonic orchestra.
The next painting will be Leonardo Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Natalia Balint (opera singer), painted with bioresonance gouache (made in Switzerland). I will choose the colours and paint with my eyes covered, all the while listening to the music.
When did you decide that art was part of you and your life?
For as long as I can remember, I have always seen and felt myself as an artist.
Where do you work on your artworks?
I work indoors in my atelier. Creating is a relatively intimate process for me. In the flow there are only the 3 of us: the painting, me and the energy.
Where would you like to see your artworks exhibited?
I wouldn’t name any gallery or a museum. My goal is, my paintings to be seen: in private homes, public buildings or galleries and museums. They are created to find their new homes, and I feel obliged to find them the best places. Creating is one thing, or rather, is only one part of the art business. In order to go on and have a chance to create all these artworks that are inside an artist and want to be created, you also have to have a balanced cash flow. Art marketing, art sales, reaching the “right” art collectors is an art in itself.
Why do you make art?
It is me. It is my life. I am not sure how I would continue if creating ART were not an option for me.
Why do you think art is important in our society?
Art heals by giving voice to the soul.
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